With the advent of technology into the classroom, there has been an explosion of a variety of educational tools, applications and devices. Chromebooks have made their way into school backpacks and classrooms aiding the interactive learning process of school children. Google Chrome offers management tools which loop in the Chromebooks for cost effective handling of data management and multiple operations. As these are cloud based, the users’ Google account is synced in enabling a single device connection to multiple Chromebooks in the classroom.
Off late CTL has entered the education circuits with its CTL Educational Chromebook-NL6 which is not as pricey as its predecessors but equipped with sturdy and user-friendly features akin to its predecessors. In fact, some textbooks are known to be more expensive than the interactive Chromebook-NL6.
Child Friendly Sturdy Design
Keeping the end-users in mind, the Chromebook-NL6 is designed to bear the brunt of school life and the associated rough and tumble. Made of hard plastic, the body of the laptop has been specially manufactured to endure handling by school kids. Given the vulnerability of ports and hinges, these have been specially designed to withstand rough use. A rubberized wrapping around the frame and chassis allows the Chromebook-NL6 protection against raps and falls.
Let’s not forget the all important water-resistant keyboard to take care of those unavoidable spills. Besides the matte finish, the keys on the board are designed to resist peel-off and wear and tear issues of the lettering. The size of the keyboard is ideally suited for navigation with small hands. The multi-touch trackpad under the spacebar enables gesture controls of Chrome OS. On the top edge of the keyboard are function keys that are Chrome specific. The Caps Lock key has been replaced by a ‘Search’ key.
To enable easy mobility, the CTL Chromebook NL-6 has a light body weight of about 3.04 pounds with a handle built into the sleek body. The perfect dimension (0.88×11.08×8.4 inches) makes it a snug fit within any regular backpack. The one feature worth adding in this Chromebook is a rotating touch screen.
The screen size is 11.6 inches with a resolution of 1366×768. The brightness of the screen is moderate. Viewing the screen at angles causes distortion in color and brightness. So it is best watched facing head on. The added anti-glare feature makes it useable outdoors. A feature unique in the Chromebook category is the rotatable 1 megapixel webcam atop the screen – picture quality is average though. The additional kit with the NL-6 is the magnifying microscope that can be attached to the webcam.
CTL Educational Chromebook NL-6 comes with a 4 GB RAM, an Intel Celeron N2930 processor and a 2.16 GHz quad-core Central Processing Unit. Its energy efficiency is due to the Intel Bay Trail-M platform. This allows for a battery life that is longer. The lack of one particular feature worth mentioning here is the fan – this is because of lower cooling requirements. The NL-6 has two USB ports – USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. Plus an SD card slot, full HDMI-out port and 16 GB flash storage onboard. It is enabled with Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity.
With the given features, functionalities and affordability, the CTL Educational Chromebook NL-6 is a great buy for your school going children.