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Highly Rated Chromebook CTL J2 Earns Four out of Five Stars from PC Magazine
The CTL J2 Chromebook for Education is a highly rated Chromebook by PCMAG.com. In an August 4, 2015 review, PCMAG.com’s Brian Westover gave the CTL J2 Chromebook for Education an editor rating of “excellent” and four out of five stars. “I’d recommend it as the best education-focused chromebook we’ve seen,” Westover stated in his review. PCMAG.com, a leading authority on technology, delivers Labs-based, independent reviews of the latest products and services. The entire review of the CTL J2 Chromebook for Education is availabe here: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2488833,00.asp
The CTL J2 Chromebook for Education, which was launched in March 2015, was evaluated by PCMAG.com for design, features and performance and price. “With a low price, a suave design, and a processor that offers both nimble performance and long battery life, there’s a lot to love about the CTL Chromebook J2,” Westover wrote. A highly rated Chromebook must meet specific performance criteria in order to earn the prestgious PCMAG.com “Excellent” rating.
CTL rolled out the J2 Chromebook for Education in April 2015, introducing it as one of the first Chromebooks with a quad core ARM Cortex-A17 RK3288 processor made by Rockchip. Westover attributes the J2’s fast performance to this processor in his evaluation. Boot time was clocked at 8 seconds and the J2 lasted 8 hours 55 minutes in the PCMAG.com testing, although other testing has shown these models to last 9 or more hours. In addition, the J2 performed well during PCMAG’s testing with more than 10 tabs open, including streaming media (vimeo and music via Vimeo and Pandora), without noticeable slowing. According to the PCMAG.com article, many Chromebooks slow down during multi-tasking after opening a fourth or fifth tab.
Westover was equally impressed with this highly rated Chromebook’s design, saying, “If past education-oriented Chromebooks look like elementary school toys, the J2 looks like it just got its MBA.” Westover noted that the J2 had a more sophisticated design than competing Chromebooks for education because of it’s slim build, aluminum covered palm rest and black-on-black color scheme.
Other Features/Benefits of this highly rated Chromebook include:
- Chrome OS
- 2GB DDR3L RAM
- 1.3MP built-in camera
- 2 built-in stereo speakers 1.5W
- 16GB EMMC and optional GoogleDrive cloud storage
- 9+ hours battery life
- 11.6’’ 1366 x 768 HD LED
- 2.46 lbs. (20% lighter than other popular Chromebook models).
- 1x HDMI
- 2x USB 2.0
- 1x Micro SD
- 1x 12V DC IN
- 1x 3.5mm combo jack for mic/headphone
- Fast a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2, 2.4G and 5.0G Bluetooth 4.0
Currently, qualified education customers can purchase the CTL J2 Chromebook for Education for $169. In addition, education customers can purchase a discounted single unit through CTL’s “Buy and Try” program for just $149. The CTL J4 Chromebook for Education has all the same specifications as the J2, but offers 4GB or RAM. The J4 Chromebook for Education is priced at $199 for qualified education customers and single units through CTL’s “Buy and Try” program are $169. Learn more about the CTL Buy and Try program here.
With a host of available services such as White Glove Chrome Device Management provisioning and full color logo painting, the J2 and J4 Chromebooks for Education are backed by the enterprise class service and support that CTL customers have come to expect. Learn more about CTL education solutions and services here.
Classroom Chromebooks and Other Education-Specific Devices Available from CTL
Classroom Chromebooks are on the top of many school district’s “back to school” shopping list. It used to be that notebooks, pencils, folders and paper were the only necessary school supplies. However, digital classrooms are becoming the norm due to initiatives such as the White House’s ConnectED initiative, the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and other organizations dedicated to making 1:1 e-learning a priority in our nation’s schools. Classroom Chromebooks can make learning more enjoyable for students and teachers. Students are able to engage in anytime, anywhere learning while teachers can monitor student progress easily online.
CTL has a wide selection of classroom Chromebooks and other education-specific devices to fit your needs and your budget. We’re offering great deals for both qualified education institutions and students. Below is an overview of CTL’s classroom Chromebooks.
Chromebooks are easy to use and known for their long battery life. Data is stored safely in the cloud and updates are automatic, making these devices easy to deploy and maintain. Qualified education institutions can purchase a test unit at a discounted price through CTL’s “buy and try” program. CTL currently has three Chromebook models available:
CTL NL6 Education Chromebook– This Chromebook features the powerful quad core Intel N2940 processor and a student-friendly rugged design. With a water resistant keyboard, retractable carry handle, drop resistant design and non-slip texture, this Chromebook can withstand the rigors of student use. It also features a 180 degree hinge so it can open flat plus an optional snap-on magnification lens attaches to the rotatable camera for scientific learning.
CTL J2 Chromebook for Education is a highly rated Chromebook by PC magazine with reviewer Brian Westover stating, “I’d recommend it as the best education-focused Chromebook we’ve seen.” Featuring 9+ hours of battery life, a powerful quad core processor, 2GB DDR3L RAM and sleek, durable design, the J2 is about 20% lighter than other popular Chromebook models. Read more about the PC Magazine review of this highly rated Chromebook.
CTL J4 Chromebook for Education has all the great features of the J2, but includes 4GB of RAM.
CTL is also a reseller for top brands such as Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and more. We’ve got a wide range Chrome solutions to fit your school’s needs and budget. Give us a call today at 800-642-3087 or contact CTL for more information.
TIPS/TAPS Purchasing Cooperative Customers Can Now Purchase CTL Products!
The TIPS/TAPS purchasing cooperative recently awarded CTL a purchasing agreement that will enable them to better serve their public sector customers. The recently awarded TIPS/TAPS purchasing agreement will expand the company’s ability to help more public sector customers meet their IT and computer needs.
“CTL is excited to be awarded the TIPS/TAPS purchasing agreement. We look forward to being able to provide more schools, government agencies and other public sector customers with needed technology and IT solutions.” said Mike Mahanay, CTL’s CMO.
TIPS/TAPS originated in 2002 by the Region 8 Education Service Center in Mount Pleasant, Texas. The TIPS/TAPS purchasing cooperative was created to serve public and private school districts, colleges and universities, federal, state, county and city municipalities. It was created to provide substantial savings and best value for participating educational entities or public agencies through cooperative purchasing practices. For information about TIPS/TAPS, including state eligibility, please visit www.tips-usa.com.
At CTL we pride ourselves on providing quality products with USA based service and support and we feel that this is one of our competitive advantages. CTL provides USA based service and support for our products via toll-free telephone, email, web ticket and web chat support and for depot warranty repair and RMA from our Beaverton, Oregon service center. When on-site service is required, CTL can provide nationwide on-site service. CTL has a 25-year history of serving public sector agencies and understands the technology and IT solutions needed by schools and governments. The award of the purchasing agreement through the TIPS/TAPS purchasing cooperative will allow CTL to expand their ability to best serve their public sector customers. For more information on CTL’s GovEd pricing, visit ctl.net/goved.
Contact CTL or call 800-642-3087 to learn more about purchasing CTL products through the TIPS/TAPS purchasing cooperative price agreement.
Technology Purchasers in 12 Western States Can Buy Chromebooks and Related Solutions from CTL Using the DigitalEdge Contract
Technology purchasers in 12 Western states may now buy Chromebooks and related solutions from CTL, under the DigitalEdge purchasing program. Now in its 13th year, the DigitalEdge purchasing program has saved purchasers an average of 17% on their instructional technology costs. The DigitalEdge program is available to technology purchasers in 12 Western states including Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
“The DigitalEdge is pleased to award a competitive contract to CTL. They were the lowest bidder on the catalog of products that they offered. They demonstrated that they have the experience and means to carry out the contract requirements and to provide an outstanding customer service experience. The catalog that was awarded to CTL provides many great products and services at very competitive prices to eligible purchasers,” said Debbie Tschirgi, Director, Digital Learning Services and DigitalEdge Educational Service District 112.
“CTL is proud to offer Chromebook solutions through the DigitalEdge contract. We look forward to assisting schools, libraries and other governmental agencies to upgrade their classrooms and working environments with the latest technology,” said CTL’s CMO, Mike Mahanay.
Technology purchasers in 12 states holding the DigitalEdge contract can buy the CTL J2 Chromebook for Education, CTL J4 Chromebook for Education, CTL NL6 Education Chromebook, CTL Bulk Packs of 15+ Chromebooks, custom logo painting for 100+ Chromebooks and store/charge cart wiring services. For more information or to purchase CTL Chromebooks and solutions using the DigitalEdge contract, download the CTL Catalog for Chromebooks and Related Solutions or visit the DigitalEdge web page http://www.esd112org/DigitalEdgePro/Content/Docs/CTL Catalog 2015A.pdf.
The DigitalEdge purchasing program at ESD 112 provides competitively bid contracts on educational technology, wireless tablets, and audio-visual solutions that are available to “eligible technology purchasers” in twelve western states including K-12 public and private schools, colleges and universities, public libraries, regional service agencies, state departments and other governmental agencies. For more information about DigitalEdge, including state eligibility, please visit digitaledge.esd112.org.
CTL has a 25-year history of serving public sector agencies and understands the technology and IT solutions needed by schools and governments. The award of the DigitalEdge purchasing agreement for the category of Chromebooks and Related Solutions will allow CTL to expand their ability to best serve their public sector customers. For more information on CTL’s GovEd pricing, visit ctl.net/goved.