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HP Launches New Chromebook for Education

HP has introduced a new Chromebook designed specifically for education, the Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition (EE).

The new Chromebook "is the thinnest rugged Chromebook for Education designed to pass MIL-STD [United States Military Standard] testing," according to the company's internal analysis of Chromebooks with rubberized durability features that pass a 27.5-inch drop test.

The company incorporated rugged features, such as co-molded rubber edges and a spill-resistant keyboard into the design to help the device withstand drops from desks and bumps into lockers. It also added collaboration-friendly features such as a 180-degree hinge, so the device can lie flat on a desk, and noise-suppression technology.

Key features of the HP Chromebook 11 G4 EE include:

  • Intel Celeron processor;
  • Fanless design;
  • Co-molded rubber edges;
  • Spill-resistant keyboard;
  • 180-degree hinge;
  • Built-in noise suppression technology;
  • Thickness of 0.8 inches and weight of 2.7 pounds;
  • Up to 9.5 hours of battery life;
  • Optional IPS (in-plane switching) panel for wide viewing angles;
  • Optional 3G/4G wireless wide area network (WWAN); and
  • Configurable color options.

The HP Chromebook 11 G4 EE also offers an optional Chrome Management Console that lets teachers and administrators manage policies, apps and operating system updates on thousands of Chromebooks from a single Web-based administrative console.

HP expects the Chromebook 11 G4 EE to be available in the United States beginning in January 2016 with a starting price of $199. The company currently offers two other Chromebooks: the 11-2210nr and the 14-ak010nr.

Further information about HP Chromebooks is available on the company's site.

About the Author

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

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