American computer company CTL has launched an updated version of its top-selling education Chromebook that, on paper, sends it to the top of the class.
The all-new CTL ‘NL6’ Education Chromebook features a fast quad-core Intel Bay Trail processor and, more uniquely, a 180-degree hinge that enables the device to fold out flat (making it harder for kids to snap hinges).
The Intel N2940 processor that is almost 70-percent faster than the dual-core N2830 found in many existing Chromebooks, such as the Acer C200.
Also onboard is 4GB RAM for snappy multi-tasking and a 16GB SSD for storing files and the like.
Along with decent battery life and ruggedised design that withstands spills, slips and drops, the updated model retains the device’s iconic retractable carry handle and useful swivelling web-cam.
CTL’s Chief Operating Officer, Erik Stromquist, says the company’s original Chromebook for Education became “a top seller” with their education customers and has helped them “earn CTL public sector contract awards including NASPO ValuePoint (formerly WSCA/NASPO) and Digital Edge.”
Impressive stuff, and they feel the new model, with its faster processor and new 180-degree hinge, will help them continue to ‘meet the growing needs’ of their education customers.
CTL at ISTE 2015
Educators can get up close and personal with the new Chromebook at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Philadelphia, PA from June 29 – July 1.
New CTL Education Chromebook NL6 Specs:
- 11.6-inch anti-glare LED screen (1366×768)
- Intel Celeron N2940 @ 2.16 GHz (Quad Core, 2MB Cache)
- 180-degree hinge
- 4GB RAM
- 16GB SSD
- 9.5 Hour Battery Life
Education-specific features include:
- Retractable carry handle
- Rotating webcam
- Water resistant keyboard
- Peel-resistant keys
- Sealed touchpad
Connectivity is catered for thanks to built-in dual-antennae Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0. Ports include 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, SD card reader and full-sized HDMI out.
The device weighs 3.04 lbs which is heavier than most comparable consumer Chromebooks but is far tougher as a result.
Pricing for the CTL Education Chromebook starts from $259 (for qualified education customers), which includes a free 2-year warranty upgrade and Chrome Device Management provisioning for eligible education customers buying before September 30, 2015.
For more details head over to the CTL website.