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CTL Rolling Out Ruggedized Education Chromebook

CTL has introduced its new CTL Education Chromebook at the ISTE 2014 conference in Atlanta, GA.

The CTL Education Chromebook is a lightweight and rugged 11.6-inch laptop based on Intel Education's reference design, which was designed specifically for students. The device is designed to withstand daily use by students and features reinforced ports, a spill-resistant keyboard, non-slip texture and a low-profile carry handle. According to the company, "when the device is dropped on a side or corner, the plastic bumper hits the ground first, protecting the LCD screen." It also has a fanless design to reduce noise, an ergonomic keyboard and an anti-reflective screen to minimize glare from lights or windows.

Key features of the CTL Education Chromebook include:

  • Intel Celeron N2930 fanless, quad core processor with 2 MB cache and up to 2.16 GHz processing speed;
  • 11.6-inch' 1366 x 768 high definition LED anti-glare screen;
  • Full HDMI, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, 2-in-1 card reader and security lock slot;
  • Chrome operating system;
  • Up to eight hours of battery life;
  • 16 GB solid state drive, plus 100 GB Google Drive cloud storage (free for two years);
  • 4 GB of RAM;
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n 2 x 2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0;
  • 180-degree rotating camera;
  • Optional snap-on lens for use as a microscope with 30X magnification; and
  • Weight of 3.04 pounds.

The launch date for the CTL Education Chromebook was not announced, but it will have an MSRP of $279. Further information can be found on CTL's site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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