HP Unveils Ultra Thin, Durable Convertible Laptop
HP today announced a “rugged” convertible laptop designed for classrooms. The new HP ProBook x360 11 G1 Education Edition (EE) is touch-enabled and claims to be “the world’s thinnest rugged convertible notebook PC.”
According to the HP blog post announcement, durability was a top design priority for the device. The laptop is “built for highly-mobile, blended learning environments to enable anytime, anywhere creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.” It is encased in industrial rubber and its screen is “damage-resistant” with Gorilla Glass 4 – ensuring the device can withstand a drop from approximately 30 inches high, or the average height of student desks. The keyboard is “pick- and minor spill-resistant” as well.
For the operating system, HP worked with Microsoft and built the device around the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Microsoft’s newest OS boasts of stronger security and allows teachers to secure learning materials.
The device, according to the product datasheet, also features:
- A 11.6 inch HD touch display with 360-degree flexibility;
- Intel Celeron or Intel Pentium processors;
- 2x2 wireless;
- A 1080p dual camera system called “Explorer Mode,” designed for project-based learning and content creation; and
- 41 Wh battery that offers 11 hours of run time.
HP said the ProBook x360 11 G1 EE will be available in mid-December for $329 and up. For more information, visit the HP site.