PCs based on Intel’s Learning Series are coming down the pipe; CTL
showed off two new models at CES, as did Lenovo
, and both companies are offering traditional clamshell laptop and convertible form factors.
CTL’s 2go Classmate PC E12 laptop and 2go Convertible Classmate PC NL3 have 10.1-inch screens and feature a dual-core Intel Atom N2600 (1.66 GHz), up to 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and either up to a 320GB-capacity HDD or 128GB SSD, as well as WiFi and Ethernet for connectivity. (The NL3 also has a 3.5G chip inside.) Both have audio jacks, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, VGA, HDMI, 2-in-1 card reader, stereo audio, and an omni-directional microphone and come packing educational software.
They’re built to be hauled around by youngsters and have ruggedized cases, scratch- and water-resistant screens, carrying handles, and antimicrobial keyboards.
Lenovo’s 10.1-inch Classmate+ PCs have virtually the same specs as the CTL machines: they have the same processor and same capacity for RAM and storage, although the SSD option maxes out at 32GB. They also have one additional USB port and a better webcam (2.0MP versus 1.3MP). Like CTL’s Classmate PCs, Lenovo’s models are built to withstand any punishment inflicted by rambunctious young learners.
Lenovo Classmate+ PC
The Lenovo Classmate+ PCs will be out yet this month, while CTL’s are coming in early February (and are available for pre-order now). Prices will vary quite a bit depending upon configuration.