Toronto vendor’s Chromebook is built for education market

Notebooks built to run Google’s Chrome OS have been finding success in the education market, thanks to their budget-friendly pricetags, and Toronto’s Senkatel is the latest PC to target the popular vertical with a new Chromebook purpose-built for the K-12 education market.

Senkatel developed its Google Chromebook in collaboration with Intel Education Solutions, and it includes design features and internet-accessible software applications targeting the K-12 vertical.

The Senkatel C1101 Chromebook features 3-cell, 3200mAh/cell (36Wh), allowing for up to 9.5-hours of battery life, more than enough to get to the school day. To be ready for messy students, it integrates a water-resistant keyboard with anti-peel keys and ruggedized design to withstand bumps and drops.

Connectivity-wise, there’s full HDMI port, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, as well as a Kensington security lock slot. It features an anti-glare, 11.6” HD 1366 x 768 TFT-LCD screen with In-Plane Switching, and is powered by an Intel Celeron N2830 processor with 2GB of SDRAM system memory and a 16GB solid state drive. The C1101 also comes with 100GB of Google Drive cloud for two years.

“Senkatel continues to address the K-12 education market need for high-quality, affordably priced Internet-enabled devices and software,” said Joseph Virginia, president of Senkatel USA, in a statement. “Our new C1101 Chromebook allows educators and students to access a wide array of classroom management, lesson planning, and educational software content directly through the Google Play for Education website.”

Other features of the C1101 include Bluetooth 4.0 and 2×2 dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n operating in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, a rotatable camera and microphone, and a fan-less design for quieter operation.

The C1101 is available now to the channel through distribution partner Synnex Corp., with pricing starting at $313.99, which includes a one-year warranty.


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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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