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.

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