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HP Education Chromebooks Feature a New Keyboard Trick

(The HP Chromebook 11x 360 G3 EE)

HP has three new Chromebooks for students designed to endure the wear and tear of school life.

These “education-edition” laptops, which go on sale today, will survive drops to the floor and the occasional beverage spill. Interestingly, they also come with special keyboards built to prevent students from prying them apart; each key is outfitted with a “full skirt” on all sides to stop nimble fingers from getting underneath.

To start, the HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE is a “rugged” laptop that comes with reinforced protection around its corners and at the USB-C port. As a result, HP says it can endure a 2.5-feet drop on concrete, a 4-foot fall on wood, and a 12-ounce spill of water on its surface, in addition to abrupt pulls at the power cord.

In terms of specs, the Chromebook is powered by a low-end Intel Celeron processor with a base clock speed of 1.1GHz. The 11.6-inch screen is also capped at a 1,366-by-768-pixel resolution. Memory-wise, you’re getting a maximum of 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and 16GB to 64GB of internal storage.

The 2.9-pound laptop promises up to 13 hours of battery life on a single charge for $ 259. An AMD model called the 11A G8 EE arrives next month with higher clock speeds but a 10-hour battery life.

The second product, the HP Chromebook 11 x360 G3 EE, features similar specs, but stands out as a laptop convertible that can flip into a tablet thanks to its 360-degree hinge. It’s a little more expensive, with a starting price of $ 299, and comes in at 3.2 pounds. It’s only available with Intel Celeron chips, but on the plus side, you get a touch screen. Customers can also buy the Chromebook with an optional pen stylus.

If you’re looking for a laptop with a bigger screen, the 14-inch HP Chromebook 14 G6 starts at $ 289. It also runs Intel Celeron processors, but can offer more internal storage at 128GB. You can also upgrade the screen to a 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution. Expect to get about 13 hours and 30 minutes of battery life.

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