CTL, Lenovo Unveil New Classmate PCs

More Classmate 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.