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CTL Continues to Expand, Helping to Bring More Chromebooks to Classrooms Worldwide

CTL Continues to Expand, Helping to Bring More Chromebooks to Classrooms Worldwide


CTL Chromebook sales increase in Europe after enormous success of Chromebooks in US K-12 Education

CTL’s European team just attended this year’s BETT education and technology trade show in London, England. Over the past year and a half, CTL has expanded into the European market with the opening of an office in Vigo, Spain in August of 2015. Chromebooks have rapidly skyrocketed here in the US, even outselling Macs for the first time in the US, according to a May 19, 2016 article in The Verge. Europe has taken note and teachers in Europe are learning from teachers experiences with technology here in the USA.

CTL Spain’s General Manager Hugo Ramallo has made the CTL J2 Chromebook one of the top selling Chromebooks in Spain. Additionally, the CTL J4+ with IPS panel and CTL J5 rugged convertible touchscreen Chromebook are now available in Europe. CTL is excited to announce the addition of a German office, that will be headed by Eric Masso. If you’re attending Didacta in Stuttgart February 14 – 18, look for Eric and the CTL team in Hall 4, booth number 4A60.

For more information on CTL Spain, contact Hugo Ramallo at To contact CTL’s General Manager for Germany, Eric Masso, email

CNET Previews the CTL J5X Extra Rugged Convertible Touchscreen Chromebook

CNET Previews the CTL J5X Extra Rugged Convertible Touchscreen Chromebook

The CTL J5X was recently featured in a January 29, 2017 article by CNET Senior Editor, Lori Grunin. This rugged Chromebook was showcased with CTL’s impressive line-up of education-specific Chromebooks at FETC.

The CNET article called the CTL J5X “A Chromebook convertible you can stand on, scribble on, and splash.” In the article, Grunin details the J5X features and benefits: “ It’s a rugged convertible — it has a 360-degree hinge so it can function as a tablet, presentation panel or plain-old touchscreen Chromebook — with a cover that can withstand up to 300 pounds of pressure and a write-on wipe-off skin. It’s rated for drops up to almost 2.5 ft/76 cm and keyboard flooding to up to about 11.2 oz/331 ml. And if you do successfully manage to damage it, it’s covered by a 1-year accidental damage warranty.”

Other J5X Specs include:

  • 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768-pixel 16:9 IPS display with 5 touch points
  • Intel Braswell N3060 processor (bursts to 2.48 GHz)
  • 32GB storage standard
  • Chrome OS
  • Combo audio jack
  • 3 USB 3.0 ports
  • HDMI connector
  • microSD slot
  • HD webcam
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • Serviceable battery

Qualified education customers can buy a discounted unit to try out through CTL’s “buy and try” program. In addition to the J5X, CTL has an extensive line up of Chromebooks including touchscreen and extra rugged models. CTL provides complete education solutions. In addition to Chromebooks, CTL offers Chrome Device Management Licenses, White Glove enrollment services, Chromebook carts, free professional development webinars for educators, and more.

Why CTL Works Harder to Earn Your Business and What Our Customers Have to Say About It

Why CTL Works Harder to Earn Your Business and What Our Customers Have to Say About It

Contact CTL Today to Learn More! Whether you’re a Department of Education, School District, individual school, Government agency, business of any size, or individual end user, CTL will work harder than our competition to deliver your ideal technology solution.

CTL has been in business for more than 26 years, operating locally in the Portland, Oregon area. Over the years, we’ve built long-term relationships with our valued customers as we continue to diversify and expand into new markets. CTL has been recognized as one of Oregon’s fastest growing companies and was listed by the Business Journal as one of the Top Hardware Technology Companies in Portland. But CTL is hard at work for customers across the nation and around the globe. We’re proud to say that we earned the MLTI 1:1 Education contract alongside tech industry giants such as Apple and HP. In 2016, CTL was exclusively awarded the Nevada Ready 21 contract, this time, winning over some much larger companies. In the past few years, we’ve expanded into the European Marketplace and now have offices in Vigo, Spain and Stuttgart, Germany.  

CTL has grown a lot… However, CTL is still smaller than some of the large Multi-National computer hardware corporations. CTL has been here in Oregon since we started and we’ve learned what it takes to compete against larger competitors. We know that bigger is not always better. When you call CTL, you’ll be calling a USA-based company, and be greeted by a friendly person instead of a frustrating automated phone system. We understand that quality products and excellent customer service helped us get where we are today and we’re grateful for your business. We’re interested in helping our customers solve problems, not just selling them products. Our competitors may be bigger, but CTL works harder to earn your business. Don’t just take our word for it. Below are just a few of the great testimonials and reviews we’re constantly receiving. Thanks to these customers for their appreciative words. We promise to keep up the good work.

What our Education Customers Have to Say

“CTL Chromebooks have been an outstanding addition to our district. They have been much more reliable and dependable than any other brand we have here. Our staff and students have been nothing but pleased with their performance.”

Barry Cory, Technology Director
Fairview South School District 72 in Illinois


“Everything about CTL speaks to quality. The devices have offered the kind of consistent performance, battery life, ease of use and management, and ruggedness we have needed for some time. The service I have received from you and your colleagues has been impressive, consistently hitting the right mix of ease and swiftness, professionalism and friendliness. Thank you for running a business that serves our school so well.”

Jonathan T. Sallée, M.Ed., Supervisor of Technology
Lincoln Elementary School District 156


“Over the last year, CTL has been our source for student Chromebooks. Their price was right and still is. The devices are packed expertly and arrive on schedule. The Chromebooks were delivered as promised without issue. We were never disappointed. I would highly recommend CTL as a technology vendor.”

Ryan Case, Greenport Union Free School District


“Chromebooks are Chromebooks . . . NOT!  The little extra’s from CTL have pushed them ahead of the others, not to mention the personal attention from the Sales staff and the Tech Department.”

Cris Sidell, Cedar Cliff Schools


Customer Reviews of the CTL J5 Chromebook

“Been using it since the beginning of term as school has gone over to Chromebooks – never used one before but really simple and love how you can use it as a tablet. It seems very sturdy as most CTL product are and ideal for the classroom environment. It really easy to transfer all my class material over to it and project it to the screen.”

John J., Amazon customer


“I received this as a gift from my Amazon Wish List. This is replacing my first Chromebook which is a Acer C720. Why the switch? Two reasons:

1- the CTL J5 is on the list of Chromebooks that are to get Android Apps support. The Acer is not.

2- More importantly is the J5 is solid and has been drop tested and is spill resistant.

The IPS screen is very good when viewing at an angle. Fingerprints are a bit of a problem but easily corrected by using a stylus which l usually use to lessen typos due to my shaking hands. The 360-degree hinge is great for me as I have to change positions often. Battery life is great – about 10 – 10.5 hours.”

William S., Amazon customer


Customer Reviews of the CTL J2 Chromebook

“Have had this computer for less than a week but I already love it. As a college student studying microbiology, being able to open multiple tabs and download a large number of files for reviewing, note taking, and studying is critical, which is why I love this thing.

It’s super light so I can carry it to class, the lab, and back to my dorm to study easily. It has a super long battery life so I don’t have to worry about being gone all day and it works great even with over five or six tabs open! All the things I need are online (google docs, slides, and sheets are great) and the processing speed is impressive compared to my old mac. Even video quality, which I wasn’t expecting much from, is pretty great and can handle everything I’ve thrown at it so far.”

Guy Hult, Amazon customer


“This laptop is amazing!! It out performs my last laptop in every way, and the battery life is excellent! This Chromebook is perfect for school and I am beyond satisfied with its performance. I absolutely love the simplicity of this laptop and it’s light enough to carry around.”

E.V., Amazon Customer

CTL® Announces from FETC the J5X Convertible Touch Chromebook with Extra Rugged Pressure-Resistant Cover

CTL® Announces from FETC the J5X Convertible Touch Chromebook with Extra Rugged Pressure-Resistant Cover

The CTL J5X Chromebook converts into a tablet and features a pressure-resistant cover that can withstand over 300 pounds of pressure from the top, reducing breaks by 90%

January 25, 2017 (Orlando, FL)–Today at the Future of Education Technology (FETC) conference in Orlando, Florida,  CTL® has announced the new CTL J5X Convertible Chromebook for Education, an extra rugged convertible Chromebook and tablet in one. This convertible Chromebook is ideal for students, educators or mobile professionals who need a versatile, rugged device. With a 360-degree hinge, users can choose to type on the keyboard in laptop mode or fold the keyboard under and angle screen back for presentations. By rotating the screen all the way around, this extra rugged Chromebook can be converted into a tablet.

“The CTL J5X Convertible Chromebook for Education is one of our most versatile and durable Chromebooks to date,” said CTL President, Erik Stromquist. “This extra rugged Chromebook has it all: durability, touch screen, tablet functionality and a competitive price point.”

The new CTL J5X Convertible Chromebook for Education is available from CTL at a starting price of $289.00, which includes a free 1 year accidental damage warranty. Discounts are available to qualified education customers. Educators who wish to test drive a J5X may purchase a discounted unit through CTL’s “Buy and Try” program.

The CTL J5X Convertible Chromebook for Education is durable enough for the rigors of student use and includes a splash-proof keyboard and drop-resistant design. The water-resistant keyboard has been tested to channel spills of up to 11.16 oz. away from the electronics. This extra rugged Chromebook has been drop tested up to 2.3 feet. Other features include reinforced ports, hinges and power plug as well as a frame around the screen, sides and corners to help absorb the shock of bumps when dropped.  

In addition to having a rugged design, the J5X has extra fortification from a pressure-resistant cover that doubles as a whiteboard. The patented CTL X-Protect Cover can withstand over 300 pounds of pressure from the top, reducing breaks by 90%. The whiteboard surface makes it fun for students to personalize their Chromebooks or take notes.

CTL J5X Convertible Chromebook for Education Features and Benefits

  • Pressure-resistant cover that doubles as a whiteboard
  • 11.6’’ HD (1366 x 768) 5 point touch 16:9 IPS Panel
  • 10-point capacitive touch screen
  • Intel Braswell N3060 processor (bursts to 2.48 GHz)
  • 32GB storage standard
  • Chrome OS
  • 1x combo audio jack
  • 3x USB 3.0 port
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x Micro SD card
  • HD Web Camera
  • Up to 10 hours battery life
  • Serviceable battery


CTL Chromebooks Come with Enterprise Level Support and Services

All of CTL’s Chromebooks are available with a host of enterprise-level support and services. CTL provides IT solutions and classroom devices including CTL branded Chromebooks, Windows devices, and a host of enterprise level educational services such as professional development, custom logo painting, Pearson Education software and eTextbooks, asset tagging and much more.  To learn more about CTL’s professional development for educators, visit For more information on the CTL J5X Chromebook or other CTL products, contact CTL.

About CTL

Founded in 1989, CTL® designs and manufactures computer products including Chromebooks, desktop and mobile workstations, LED Monitors, and high performance servers. CTL® also manufactures specialty devices including ruggedized tablets, slates, and digital sign solutions. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with offices in Asia and Europe, CTL® and their partners supply North American and European consumers, government agencies, and many of the most recognized corporate brands. For more information about CTL®, please visit

J2 Chromebook Bundled with Chrome Device Management Console for $159.99

This special offer is good for qualified education customers. Ask your sales representative for more information or contact CTL.

CTL is excited to announce a special deal on our J2 Chromebook for Education! Order 100 or more units and cash in on this deal that includes each J2 Chromebook bundled with the Chrome Device Management Console for $159.99.

The CTL J2 Chromebook was recently listed in PC Magazine’s “Best Chromebooks of 2017” article and recommended as a very good laptop for classrooms. PC Magazine commended the J2 for its “zippy” performance, “sleek, stylish design,” and long battery life. With a Rockchip RK3288-C processor with 1.8 GHz, the J2 offers 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. This lightweight Chromebook weighs in at only 2.46 lbs.

In addition, the J2 was named one of the best Chromebooks for teens by  Citing the J2’s affordability, powerful processor, high-resolution display, and lightweight design, the article recommends the J2 for teens.The article called the CTL J2 Chromebook an “incredibly cost effective option for teens,” and mentions that the J2 boasts a “powerful processor” and has up to 9 hours of battery life.