Installing an available 2TB SATA SSD into the Huashe NB14E and I then tried to install Windows 11. Windows 11 installed fine with no complaint over the Apollo Lake Celeron CPU. It is bizzare how it will not like the CPU when upgrading Windows 10. There are definitely some serious concerning Microsoft’s recent proclivities not to offer the broadest support. Windows historically has been an operating system and even Windows 10 will install on very old machines fine with enough RAM installed.
The machine has UEFI, Secure Boot and a TPM 2.0 as part of the SoC. At least Windows update is working to install drivers and the few updates for Windows 11. Given Windows 11 is brand new and the laptop is less than 6 months old suggests some real restrictive nonsense with an operating system.
The machine is basically fine for Microsoft Office and a browser. The integrated graphics are too limited for most games.
Windows 11 will have at least 10 years of support which renews the short service remaining with Windows 10. Eventually Microsoft will deliver a new version of Windows in maybe 5 years time which will be new challenge to keep the machine in service.
A laptop is a durable asset that has a practical service life of decades. It can be used by generations to handle basic word processing etc. Windows should be universal instead of forcibly obsoleting vast numbers of machines.
The Huashe NB14E is an unremarkable basic laptop machine. The 14″ 1920×1080 screen is good for basic Microsoft Office use. This is what the machine was procured for in the first place. The older 1366×768 LCD are still sold at the lowest market levels but 1920×1080 are not a large premium anymore. The advantage of 1920×1080 allows for Word or Excel some room to work with the ribbon bar fully displayed along with the underlying documents.
At least the service life is refreshed with a new operating system. Checking the insider tab I noticed it still griped over the Celeron CPU. Windows 11 runs fine, found drivers and the latest update rollup installed fairly quickly. The Celeron CPU has 4 real cores and no hyperthreading so there is no meltdown or spectre problems. The only gripe with the CPU is no L3 cache to leverage memory more efficiently but at the $25 price point some sacrifices are inevitable.
The WD Blue SSD has lots of room so wear leveling will be problem free. While 2TB seems excessive the advantages of the space are plentiful. The WiFi is mediocre but it can handle Windows updates readily. It seems to be able to reach about 45 megabit speeds which slower than 802.11ac can deliver.
I have the machine configured to stay operational when plugged in. Windows is configured this way. Every morning the machine is powered down so there is a defect in Windows power management.