HP has taken the wraps off of the ProBook x360 11 Education Edition, an affordable laptop aimed right at teachers and students. Packing a number of features built specifically for educators and students, the ProBook x360 11 Education Edition is set to be available starting on December 16.
Aside from a sturdy build, thanks to a rubber body and optional damage-resistant Gorilla Glass, the ProBook also packs a touchscreen with inking support (pen optional) that should make taking notes a breeze. Students will also be able to take advantage of "explorer mode," which uses a dual-camera setup in tablet mode to let students take video and view what they're recording at the same time. HP envisions this coming in handy for certain projects and other content creation.
As for teachers, they'll get access to some special features as well. A built-in "Take a Test" app, for example, lets teachers set up a locked-down, browser-based environment for kids to take tests without being able to copy and paste or access other distractions. Meanwhile, another app lets teachers easily set up devices "in three easy steps."
The ProBook x360 11 Education Edition will officialyl launch on December 16.
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It is critical that the price must be same or lower than Chromebooks.
Microsoft must do whatever it takes (including subsides partners) to force Windows 10 devices back to school.
I just hope it won't be heavy. An affordable, light laptop with good battery and no creaks would be an instant buy for me. Lugging my gaming laptop is killing my shoulder.
This is designed towards the education industry so it will have features that most of the laptops for that category have:
- Intel Core M or Core i3 (or AMD A4)
- 8 GB RAM
- 40 GB internal SSD (or 128GB HDD)
- nice 1280x800 or 1366x768 display
- Miracast and Intel WiDi support
Here is the product family and specs. It should compete with chromebooks :). https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.awin1.com%2Fcrea...
This is exciting news, the HP Camera System (Explorer Mode) looks pretty nice tech comparable to project tango of Alphabet, and the active Pen will be very useful for math, note taking, annotation and art as HP's blog says. Glad to see HP is now focusing on unique aspects that differentiate these laptops than rest of Windows 10 PC's, HP is not focusing on specs, they're focusing on tools like the active Pen and the HP Explorer Camera to allow students achieve better learning experiences. Acer, ASUS and Lenovo, take note, specs are not the most important thing today in PC's.
Nice! We bought last year's non-tablet version of this for one of the classrooms I service and they have been great affordable little work-horse laptops for students. Not particularly elegant or fast, but they simply work even when taking abbuse. Now with the ability to use a pen on these I am betting we will make another order. Typically not a fan of HP, but they seem to be putting out decent products now, sort of like how Dell cleaned up their act a few years ago.
HP and Dell putting out new and much better products is a direct reaction to Microsoft producing a Surface lineup. Yep thank Microsoft later :)
We have been using the Yoga 11e ans Acer B116 in some areas of or K-12 school. Next year in some of these grades will be putting in the Acer B117 which is now ruggedised. Here in Australia Chromebooks might as well be Windows Phones, most schools putting to use machines that can do more than browser-based work. This HP sounds alright but they should stop trying to make software for teachers, there is no incentive there, just focus on the hardware!
I saw an advertisement from MS about some apps and certifications for teacher and students.
I'm a teacher and I would like to learn more about that.There is a teacher out there who has join the program?
Looks like a much better option than some lame Chromebook.
Non detachables shouldnt really be calling themselves 2in 1s. The tablet mode should be made for easy holding with one hand and using with the other. Using a 1.5 kg 'tablet' while holding it with one hand isn't very practical to say the least !
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