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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.

J5 Now Featuring a New 360 True Flat Durable Hinge Design

J5 Now Featuring a New 360 True Flat Durable Hinge Design

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

At CTL we are always thinking about the next innovation in ed-tech solutions and always looking for ways to continually improve our existing products. Whether product feedback comes by way of customers or our own experience with the products, we never shy away from continual refinement and innovation of our catalog. In other words, you speak and we listen!

The J5 Chromebook Made for Students

We love our J5 series of Chromebook. Rated as one of PC Magazine’s best Chromebooks of 2017, this device is a top seller for education and student use. The J5 is a great piece of technology, seamlessly moving from laptop mode to display mode to tablet mode. The device is also extremely durable, able to withstand falls, resists liquids through spill-proof keyboards which drain away from the internal components, and lasts ten hours between charges. All this and a 10-point capacitive touchscreen with IPS Panel ensuring responsive touchscreen interaction. The hinges are strong and durable to warrant the 360-degree movement in daily use.

J5 Chromebook: We Just Can’t Get Enough

We’ve now re-launched the J5 with new and improved hinges that smoothly glide with the screen, opening to lie flat yet still retaining the perfect amount of tension to hold the device open in whichever mode is desired. This improvement should reduce wear on the hinge and reduce risk to stress on the screen when opening.

We’re always proud to ensure that feedback and attention is paid to continual refinement and improvement in our devices.
CTL’s J5 Chromebook is an excellent choice for students and adults alike. At a price point of $259, with an included one-year warranty, this Chromebook is a great choice for back-to-school needs and classroom tools.

Visit the J5 Chromebook product page to learn more about specs and purchasing.

J5 Convertible Chromebook Display Modes

Touchscreen Chromebooks: We’ve got the touch

Touchscreen Chromebooks: We’ve got the touch

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

Looking for Touchscreen Technology? CTL has the Chromebook for you!

In 1949, Maria Montessori stated in her book, The Absorbent Mind, “The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.” Almost 70 years later, “the hands” still play one of the most important roles in the way we interact with the world, and now with touchscreen technology.

It’s almost expected today that screens are touch-sensitive. If you’ve ever seen school-aged children around a standard or laptop monitor screen, chances are that they will reach out and touch the screen. They’ve grown up with touchscreen technology almost expecting it as a part of the digital native experience. CTL understands this need for innovative ways to interact with technology, which is why we carry a variety of touchscreen and convertible Chromebooks.

Here is a rundown of our most popular and best-selling touchscreen Chromebooks, all outfitted with capacitive ten point touchscreens and IPS panels for clearer viewing angles:

CTL Rugged J5 Convertible Chromebook 

The J5 Chromebook, awarded as one of the best Chromebooks of 2017, is one of our top selling units. This convertible unit has 360 degree hinges allowing it to be used in laptop mode, display mode, or tablet mode. The versatility and durability of this rugged Chromebook ensures that no matter which display mode the user chooses, the rotating capacitive touchscreen displays and responds correctly.

CTL J5X Chromebook: Extra-Rugged Chromebook for Education

The J5X Chromebook houses all the great features as the J5 with the addition of the X-panel, a bonded top panel which is designed to withstand up to 365 lbs. of pressure to the top of the unit. The X-Panel also can be used as a whiteboard for doodling, taking notes, or as a presentation aid. This unit can also be rotated 360 degrees allowing for use in laptop mode, display mode, or tablet mode. All combined, this is a great option for “on the go” and educational uses where durability is of the utmost importance, but technical capabilities are not hindered.

CTL Touchscreen NL61T Education Chromebook

The NL61T Chromebook is another great option for touchscreen. The 180 degree hinges allow for this Chromebook to lie flat. The user is able to use the water resistant trackpad and keyboard or choose to use the touchscreen option for selection. The 180-degree rotating camera with its optional microscope lens allows for special educational uses from science to videography. Another great feature of the NL61T Chromebook is the super long battery life, lasting up to 12.5 hours. This means it lasts more than a full work day or school day!

CTL NL61TX Extra Rugged Education Chromebook

Like the NL61T, the NL61TX Chromebook features a 180-degree hinge and a rotating camera. This unit also features the extra rugged X-Panel, which allows for the top cover of the unit to be used as a whiteboard for doodling, personalizing, taking notes, or as an aid during presentations. This X-Panel also ensures that the unit is ultra-rugged, withstanding up to 365 lbs. of pressure to the top of the unit. And in addition, when dropped on the corners, the unit is protected from damage.

Extra Rugged Touchscreen Chromebooks Stand Up and Stand Out

The Touchscreens offered by CTL go beyond touchscreen capabilities to offer versatility and durability that stands up and stands out to daily use. Visit the TouchScreen product page to learn more about our touchscreen Chromebook options!