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CTL NL61TX Chromebook: Unique, Rugged, & Ready for Classrooms says PC Magazine

CTL NL61TX Chromebook: Unique, Rugged, & Ready for Classrooms says PC Magazine

Laura Helms

Laura Helms

Content Manager at CTL
Laura Helms holds a BA in Applied Linguistics and has been working in content and social media management for 4+ years. Native to the Pacific Northwest when she isn't in front of a computer screen you can find her teaching yoga or creating large scale mosaic murals.
Laura Helms

It’s a little like seeing our name in lights when PC Magazine writes up a review on one of our Chromebooks for education. This time, the NL61TX ultra-rugged touchscreen Chromebook took the stage.

Taking note on its durability, the PC Magazine team put the NL61TX to the test standing on the unit, dropping the Chromebook from lap height, and were even brave enough to purposefully pour liquid on the keyboard. Good thing we stand behind our claims to have some of the most rugged Chromebooks on the market!

Carrying Handles, X-Panels, and Rotating Cameras on a Chromebook? Oh my!

In the Chromebook review, a few features unique to the CTL NL61TX Education Chromebook stood out amongst other versions of Chromebooks. The team took note of the sly carrying handle on the hinge side of the unit. Adding to the “ready for students” design, the carrying handle is there to reduce the risk of accidents. The handle tucks neatly away to appear as part of the hinge design, but it can be easily pulled out to transport from class to class.

Also on this unit is the X-Panel which protects the unit’s corners in a fall and creates a whiteboard surface for drawing and taking notes, or allows kids to customize their own Chromebook.

Another feature, unique to the NL61TX, is the rotating camera. This camera is made to be rotated a full 180 degrees to capture images and videos of lectures and classmates, or when used pointing up to work with Labcam, turning the unit into a microscope for science.

A Chromebook with Great Battery Life to Stand Up to the Battery of Life

PC Magazine noted that their tests showed the unit lasting up to 12½ hours, which is 3½ hours longer than other competitors as discussed by the Chromebook review. That’s a full day of school, a bus ride, and even homework time without a charge to the unit!

Coupled with a long-lasting battery, the NL61TX Chromebook also is made to be ultra rugged with its x-panel which can hold up to 365 pounds of pressure to the unit and weight the unit in a fall to land on the panel and not the hardware in the bottom of the unit. The NL61TX also features a spill-proof keyboard which allows liquid spilt on the unit to drain away from its internal components.

NL61TX Chromebook, Reach out … Touchscreens!

In addition, the NL61TX Chromebook is equipped with a touchscreen that was noted to be great for scrolling and pinch zoom. It is responsive to touch and complements the 11.6-inch IPS screen, which delivers vivid colors and broad viewing angles.

The trackpad was noted to be smooth and responsive to a variety of finger movements. PC Magazine commented on the keyboard’s snappy feel. The NL61TX keyboard features a great feel, but it is still quite enough to not be distracting in a class full of students. Also, it’s worth mentioning again and again that the keyboard has a spill-proof design.  

Chromebook Powered Classrooms. It’s Really What Is on the Inside that Counts

The NL61TX demonstrated its ability to keep up with the rest of the class, with its Celeron CPU and 4gb of memory, by speed start-up times and handling multiple tabs open on a browser. The unit running on Chrome OS is great for working on G-Suite products like Google Docs whether on or offline and is eligible for a free 100gb of Google Drive space for 2 years.

Thanks, PC Magazine!

Are you curious to know more about the NL61TX Chromebook and its tailored for school use rugged design and affordable pricing? Check out the NL61TX product page for details and pricing!

Want to read the entire PC Magazine review on the unit? Here you can find the NL61TX Chromebook review.

CNET Previews the CTL J5X Extra Rugged Convertible Touchscreen Chromebook

CNET Previews the CTL J5X Extra Rugged Convertible Touchscreen Chromebook

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

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)
  • 4GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 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

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

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 J5 and CTL J2 Chromebooks Listed in PCMag’s “Best Chromebooks of 2017”

CTL J5 and CTL J2 Chromebooks Listed in PCMag’s “Best Chromebooks of 2017”

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

Two of CTL’s Education-Specific Chromebooks Recommended by PCMag.com

Both the CTL J5 (convertible tablet with touchscreen) Chromebook and the CTL J2 Chromebook have been listed in the “Best Chromebooks of 2017” PCMag.com article. Both Chromebooks received four out of five stars and were rated for their processor speed, RAM, graphics card, storage, screen size, and battery life, among other criteria. Interested in testing one or both of these Chromebooks? Check out the CTL “Buy and Try” discount trial unit program for qualified education customers.

CTL J2 Chromebook for Education

The CTL J2 Chromebook was recommended as a very good laptop for classrooms and commended for its “zippy” performance, “sleek, stylish design,” and long battery life by PCMag reviewer Brian Westover. 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. and has battery life of up to 9 hours.

 

 

CTL J5 Rugged 360 Convertible Chromebook

The CTL J5 Chromebook is a convertible tablet with touchscreen that PCMag promotes as a good choice for students or teachers. The J5’s rugged construction, convertible design and 4GB of memory were listed as some of the top features as well as more than 12 hours of battery life. With a rotating screen, the CTL J5 Chromebook can be used in laptop mode, stand mode, tent mode, or tablet mode. This Chromebook includes 32GB storage and a powerful Intel Celeron N3060 processor.
All of CTL’s Chromebooks come with enterprise-level service and support. Ask us about quantity discounts for qualified education customers as well as custom logo painting, store and charge carts, Chrome device management licenses, internet security and classroom management apps, and more.

 

Happy Holidays from CTL!

Happy Holidays from CTL!

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

Gratitude for Our Success in 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we’d like to take the time to thank all of our customers and wish you a happy holiday season! We’ve got a lot to be grateful for this year as we saw our hard work pay off in the form of a groundbreaking 1:1 program in Nevada, multiple awards and industry recognition, and international expansion. We’d like to take a moment and reflect on 2016 as we prepare to make even greater strides in 2017!

 


NevadaReady21Logo_vert_rgb_nb_olNR21 Program

Approved by the Nevada Commission on Educational Technology in 2014, NR21 is a state-funded, 1:1 digital learning program. NR21 has been designed to provide Nevada students an equitable, technology-rich education while supporting educators to create an engaging and personalized learning experience. The initial phase of NR21 targets middle schools, while future phases will target high schools.

In June of 2015, the Nevada State Legislature appropriated over $20 million dollars to support the NR21 plan, enabling the state to implement CTL’s 1:1 education solution package and begin equipping Nevada students with CTL Chromebooks in the fall of 2016. Teachers in participating schools received devices late spring 2016 prior to the school roll-out. Since then, they have been provided with opportunities to attend Professional Development training to prepare them for the changes NR21 will bring to schools.

Now that we’re well into the 2016-2017 school year, CTL is happy to report that we have equipped 20 Nevada Schools with Chromebooks as part of our 1:1 solution package that also includes networking wireless infrastructure, a rich suite of apps and online tools, and a robust package of service and support. We are excited about the positive engagement and collaboration already exhibited and look forward to continuing to track the success of this program as the school year continues in 2017.

 


CTL Named in Portland Business Journal's Fastest Growing Private Companies of 2016CTL Named Among the Portland Business Journal’s List of Fastest Growing Private Companies
(June 17, 2016 edition)

This is the third time that CTL has been recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the fastest growing private companies in the Oregon and Southwest Washington area, based on percentage of revenue growth. This year’s list measured revenue growth between 2013 and 2015, and CTL’s revenue grew 30.7% during that time period.

 

CTL NL61 Chromebook ISTE 2016 Best in ShowCTL NL61X Praised for its Ability to Reduce Screen breaks by up to 90%

CTL’s NL61X Chromebook has been awarded Tech & Learning’s annual Best of Show Award for ISTE 2016. Products from this year’s ISTE event (June 26 – 29, 2016) were submitted and anonymously evaluated by Tech & Learning advisors. The judges rated their impressions on a sliding scale, then met to decide on which technologies could have the most impact in the classroom and deserved to be named Best of Show.

 

CTL Donates 30 Chromebooks and Charge Cart to College PossibleCTL Donates 30 J2 Chromebooks and a 30-unit Charging Cart for Madison High School’s College Possible Program

As part of our commitment to education, CTL was proud to support College Possible in 2016. College Possible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing low-income students with the resources they need to earn admission to and succeed in college. CTL recently donated 30 J2 Chromebooks and a 30-unit charging cart to the Portland chapter of this organization to help equip capable low-income students at Madison High School with the technology they need to prepare for college.

 

CTL NL61 Chromebook for EducationZD.net Includes the CTL NL61 Chromebook in its List of “Top Five Chromebooks for School and Everywhere Else” (August 16, 2016)

ZD.net’s write up included praise from our customer, Pascal Vallet, Director of Academic Technology at the United Nations International School. “Our favorite (and students favorite) was the CTL NL6 as it is robust and has a handle to carry it,” Vallet said in the ZD.net article. To read the entire article, visit http://ctl.li/NL61-ZDnet.

 

 

CTL J2 Chromebook for EducationCTL J2 Chromebook Praised for its Affordability, Powerful Processor, High-Resolution Display, and Lightweight Design

The CTL J2 Chromebook for Education was named one of the best Chromebooks for teens in a September 29, 2016 article on watchdogreviews.com. Citing the J2’s affordability, powerful processor, high-resolution display, and lightweight design, the article recommends the J2 for teens.

 

 

 

CTL J4+ Chromebook Reviewed in SpainCTL Chromebooks Grow in Popularity in Spain

CTL opened their European office in Vigo, Spain in 2015 and In November 2016, CTL J4+ received favorable reviews in one of Spain’s biggest computer magazines, Personal Computer and Internet.CTL’s Chromebooks continue to grow in popularity in Europe, especially in the education market.

 

 

 

CTL J2 and J5 Chromebooks Listed in PCMag’s Best Chromebooks of 2016!

Both the CTL J5 (convertible tablet with touchscreen) Chromebook and the CTL J2 Chromebook have been listed in the “Best Chromebooks of 2016” PCMag.com article. Both Chromebooks received four out of five stars and were rated for their processor speed, RAM, graphics card, storage, screen size, and battery life, among other criteria. Read more.

CTL would like to thank our customers for their business this year! We’re wishing you a safe and happy holiday season and all the best in the coming new year. If you haven’t connected with us in a while, visit ctl.net to see our latest products or contact your sales representative to find out how we can serve your 1:1 classroom technology needs.

CTL J5 Chromebook Receives Excellent Rating from PCMag.com

CTL J5 Chromebook Receives Excellent Rating from PCMag.com

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

CTL’s Rugged Convertible Touchscreen Chromebook Earns High Marks for Durability, Battery Life, 4GB RAM and Affordable Price

The CTL J5 Chromebook recently earned high praise in a review by PCMag.com. This education-friendly rugged touchscreen Chromebook easily converts between laptop and tablet mode. In a July 25, 2016 PCMag.com review, this touchscreen Chromebook received an editor’s rating of Excellent, with four out of five stars. “If you need a compact Chromebook with a touch screen, the J5 should be on your list,” stated reviewer Joel Santo Domingo. Santo Domingo praised the J5 for its affordable price, rugged construction, 4GB memory and comfortable keyboard. The PCMag.com reviewer stated that one of the most impressive features of the CTL J5 Chromebook is its phenomenal 12 hour, 21 minute battery life, which is significantly longer than many competing models, according to Santo Domingo. To read the entire review, visit http://www.pcmag.com/review/346376/ctl-j5-chromebook.

 

CTL J5 rugged Chromebook spill proof keyboard

The J5 undergoing spill tests with water, hot coffee and Coca Cola.

CTL J5 Chromebook Withstands Rigorous Durability Testing

The CTL J5 Chromebook is unique for its versatility and durability. In recent testing, this rugged Chromebook underwent numerous tests including dust, salt spray, spills, altitude, drops, low/high temperature and humidity. The J5 was tested to withstand drops of up to three feet and was IPX5 certified for dust-resistance as well as IPX2 certified for water-resistance. Additionally, The J5 underwent three consecutive spill tests using water, hot coffee and Coca Cola. In each spill test, two ounces of each respective liquid was poured over the keyboard. The unit was then rotated 360 degrees so that the liquid could drain out and full functionality was reported after each test.  

CTL J5 Chromebook Features and Benefits

  • 11.6’’ HD (1366 x 768) 5 point touch 16:9 IPS Panel
  • 5-point capacitive touch screen
  • Intel Braswell N3060 processor (bursts to 2.48 GHz)
  • 4GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 16GB (expandable to 32GB) eMMC hard drive
  • Chrome OS
  • 1x combo audio jack
  • 2x USB 3.0 port
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x Micro SD card
  • HD Web Camera
  • Up to 10 hours battery life

 

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 http://www.ctl.info/webinars. For more information on the CTL J5 Rugged Convertible Chromebook or other CTL products, contact CTL.