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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.