Dell's new ruggedized notebooks are ''schoolyard tough''

PC giant Dell has rolled out a collection of new notebooks and tablets designed with education in mind. The devices are "schoolyard tough," the company says, with rubberized trim to protect against physical shock and sealed components to resist spilled liquids. The notebooks have also been "subjected to MIL-STD 810G testing for pressure, temperature, shock and vibration," though the press release doesn't indicate whether they actually passed those tests.

Source: Dell

The headliner is the Chromebook 11, which is available with an 11.6" HD display and a 10-hour battery. The machine is reportedly based on a Celeron N2840 with dual Bay Trail cores clocked up to 2.58GHz. It also has a fancy 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi implementation that's been beefed up with crowded classrooms in mind. Expect this model to be available today starting at $249.99. (Dell's website still lists the last-gen Chromebook 11 as I write this.)

Anyone will be able to buy the Chromebook 11, but its Windows counterpart will be restricted to "qualified education customers." Dubbed the Latitude 11 Education Series, this device has largely similar hardware but a higher $299.99 starting price. Availability is scheduled for March 3, and a touchscreen version will follow in June.

Last, but not least, we have the Venue 10 and 10 Pro tablets. These 10" slates sport HD displays, detachable keyboards, and optional styluses—or is that styli? The standard version comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop, while its Pro sibling runs Windows 8.1. According to PC World, both are based on Bay Trail guts.

Folks will be able to get their hands on the Pro starting March 3. Pricing is set at $379.99 with the keyboard and $50 less without. The Android variant isn't due until the spring, and pricing hasn't been announced.

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