HP ruggedizes its Chromebook 11 G4 for schools

Chromebooks have reportedly been quite successful in the classroom, and HP is looking at that market with lustful eyes. The company has just unveiled its Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition, which it describes as a "durable, lightweight" Chromebook.

Indeed, the machine is a mere 0.8" (20 mm) thick and weighs 2.7 lbs (or 1.2 kg). HP says it's clad the Chromebook with molded rubber edges, and the machine can purportedly withstand a 2.3-ft drop—about the height of the average desk. The keyboard is spill-resistant, too, and this Chromebook is entirely fanless. All that ruggedness results in what HP says is the thinnest education-oriented Chromebook to pass MIL-STD tests.

The innards are powered by a Celeron SoC, and the machine's battery should be good for 9.5 hours of usage. The hinge rotates through a full 180° so students can lay the Chromebook flat on a desk. HP offers an IPS screen and 3G/4G networking as options. The Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition will be available this month starting at $199.

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