A new laptop targeted toward classrooms is perhaps among the toughest Chromebooks out there.
CTL claims its NL6x Extra-Rugged Chromebook for Education won't break if a 365-pound (165 kilogram) person stands on it. It can also withstand drops of 70 centimeters, more than 2 feet.
That makes the $269 laptop ideal for classrooms, where clumsy children can drop and rough up laptops. The device has the look of a small briefcase, with a retractable handle on the top to carry it.
The laptop has been reinforced to ensure it doesn't break. At the top is a protective cover that can double as a whiteboard. The lower layer has a shock absorber in case of drops. The hinges and open ports are also reinforced.
The laptop is otherwise similar to many Chromebooks available today. It has an 11.6-inch screen that displays images at a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, 16GB of storage, 4GB of memory, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and an Intel Celeron 2940 dual-core processor.
The laptop can run for nine hours on a single battery charge. External hard drives can be attached to the USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 ports. The laptop also has a 2.0-pixel webcam and an SD card reader.
The extra-rugged Chromebook has Chrome OS, which is designed for computing on the Internet. Chromebooks are popular for installations in places like schools as bare-bones laptops accessing applications on internal clouds.