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CES: Asus unveils rugged Chromebooks for education

ASUS will unveil a new Chromebook Education series at CES in Las Vegas next week. The devices provide lightweight, ruggedised Chrome OS computer solutions for educational use, which ASUS says continues its commitment “of providing an extensive range of innovative products and services for the education sector”.

ASUS provided the following information ahead of CES:

ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100: ASUS’ first Chrome OS tablet

The ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100 is designed to serve as a familiar introduction to technology for younger kids. It has the same version of Chrome OS that is available on the notebooks but fits into a recognizable form factor that’s reinforced to withstand life in the hands of children. The tablet’s rubberized chassis measures just under 10 mm thick, making it easier for small hands to hang onto and less likely to take a tumble as a result. And if it does end up in freefall, it’s rated for drops up to 100cm; the height of most tables and desks.

Its 9.7-inch QXGA display is covered in a strong tempered glass to help it stay protected against scratches while it travels to and from school. A stylus slides into a little garage in the tablet’s frame for safekeeping, when it’s not being used for art, tracing letters, or practising numbers. The tablet sports a Hexa-core OP1 processor that is made especially for Chromebooks. That works alongside 4GB of RAM to keep performance smooth as students skip between Chrome and Android apps. School work can be stored on the 32GB of onboard storage, which is ample room for files as well as a few games. It has a 35Wh lithium-polymer battery, enough for a full school day, and it charges via the same standard USB Type-C (USB-C) connection that’s found on most smartphones.

Click here to see how the new line of ASUS Chromebooks are the ideal laptops for schools.

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