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11.6-Inch CTL Education Chromebook Goes on Sale in the US

ctl-chromebookA Chromebook based on Intel’s new reference design has gone on sale in the USA, made by Portland-based computing outfit CTL. 

Unveiled at the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Atlanta, Georgia, the Education Chromebook features an 11.6-inch LED HD screen, a quad-core Intel Bay Trail mobile processor and 4GB RAM.

Intel announced it was making an education-orientated Chromebook design available to OEMs during a press event back in May.

Reference designs offer computer makers a ready-made set of technical blueprints designed around a list of specific components, in this case Intel’s Bay Trail processor.

Child Friendly Design

The design of the notebook itself is child-friendly, with a raft of chassis features suited to the bumps and scrapes of a classroom environment. For example, ports and hinges have been reinforced and the shell has a bumper capable of withstanding drops of 70cm on concrete. Other educational touches include a water-resistant keyboard, non-peel keys and collapsable carry handle.

The fanless notebook features the following specifications:

  • 11.6-inch HD LED screen
  • Intel Celeron N2930 (quad core) running at 1.83GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 16GB eMMC SSD
  • 8-9.5 hour battery life

Extras consist of a rotating 720p HD webcam with built-in microphone and snap-on lens and stereo speakers. For connectivity there’s a full-size HDMI out, 1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0, built-in card reader and built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Buy the CTL Chromebook

You don’t need to be a K-12 student to get ahold of one either as CTL is, like Dell and Lenovo’s education offerings, selling the device direct to the public. Prices start at $279.00.

For more information and purchase details head over the official CTL website.

More Information on the CTL Education Chromebook

  • rheerani

    Like the idea of rotating cam.

    • http://www.live-craft.com/ Jonathan Alfonso

      As am I.

  • Guest

    I’m liking that as well.

  • sonicyoof

    Review, OMGChrome?

  • Steve

    I’d like one for my kids.. but I live in Europe, out of luck?

    • Heimen Stoffels

      Have you checked if you can order from Europe? I live in Europe and I buy things from Amazon USA all the time. No problem at all.

    • Heimen Stoffels

      Oh, I just saw you can order from Europe. Just add the Chromebook to your cart, then go to your cart and click on International Checkout. Then you can select a payment method and your billing country after which you can pay and it’ll get shipped to you.

  • cakezula

    Wish there were an option to upgrade the SSD

    • calden74

      You can just buy one yourself and install it but why not use the SD card, I personally have a 128GB card.

      • Heimen Stoffels

        I always have bad luck with Micro-SD failures. Not gonna buy an expensive 128GB SD for that.

        But is there any way to, like, recover ChromeOS after you install a bigger SSD? I personally have no problems with the 16 GB, but I do have a 128 GB SSD lying around…

    • James Pherris

      The FCC photos might show that the SSD is upgradable by a skilled user. I can’t imagine they designed something when off-the-shelf is all around. Otherwise I like other’s suggestions of a SD card. I’d back it up to Drive to protect the data.

  • moe

    I think by next year we will have chromebooks that will truly be worth buying, with better resolutions and the 4 gb ram should be a normal standard by then. I just hope chrome os steps its efforts to do more then be a web browser.

    • calden74

      More then just a Web browser? It’s an OS designed specifically for Web apps and content, it’s not going to change. What more do you want?

      • Will Palmer

        If you watched Google IO only days ago it was announced that android apps were coming to chrome. That change is a lot more than just a browser.

      • moe

        well how about being able to customize desktop, and allowing users to do more than one use to the chromebook, not just for web browsing. Widgets would be nice as well and a notifications that is dedicated to chrome os not borrowed from Android.

    • Heimen Stoffels

      We already have. My Samsung Chromebook 2 has a resolution of 1920×1080 and 4 GB RAM. And for $399 it’s not expensive.

  • HarryWarden

    I’m intrigued, especially since the Dell Chromebook is pretty much impossible to find. Hope OMGChrome reviews it.

    • calden74

      Why is the Dell hard to find, just go to their website and order one.

  • http://blog.williamlweaver.com William L. Weaver

    The “Only a Web Browser” really interests me. Especially after Google I/O 2014, it is obvious that ALL software will eventually run in a “browser” on the “Internet/Web/Cloud”

    The days of downloading and installing software on your hard drive and then spending significant amounts of time keeping the hard drive configured correctly and current with all new hardware and drivers are quickly coming to an end.

    And yes, to all of the “You can’t use a Chromebook to Program Software or Edit Photographs or Video”… watch some of the presentations from Google I/O 2014. It’s called “disruptive technology” for a reason.

  • Heimen Stoffels

    @d0od:disqus You can also buy it from Europe from their website. Just add the Chromebook to your cart, go to your cart and click on the button International Checkout.

  • Moi

    What is the “NL6 Adapter” on the CTL store site?
    Is that a power adapter that you have to buy separately? Can a generic laptop adapter be used, if so, which?

    • James Pherris

      “The NL-6 is custom designed to mount to the Leica DMIRB. This Type B stage-mounting adapter is illumination pillar-mounted for easy installation of hydraulic micromanipulators used for microinjection.”

      It’s for the camera to make it into a microscope.

      • Moi

        So with the adapter you still can’t do anything if you don’t have the (probably expensive) Leica DMIRB?

  • Steve
  • Frederic MANSON

    Else if I just received my precioussss HP 11, I am interested in buying another CB for apps development. A faster one is better to compile app coding but the testes will be made on my new HP.