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Intel launches 10nm Celeron and Pentium Silver chips for inexpensive, low-power laptops

Intel is refreshing its Celeron and Pentium Silver line of chips for low-cost, low-power notebooks designed for the education market and beyond. The new Intel “Jasper Lake” processors are the first members of their respective families to feature 10nm Tremont architecture and Intel is promising a significant boost in performance for inexpensive Windows laptops and […]

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Doctor Who coding toy packs a SiFive RISC-V processor

The BBC Doctor Who HiFive Inventor is a new kit designed to help kids learn how to write code that can control robots or interact with IoT hardware. It’s an interesting little educational platform, but one of the things I find most interesting about the kit is that it’s one of the first consumer-oriented products powered […]

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The new BBC micro:bit has a speaker, mic, and faster processor (tiny PC for students)

The BBC micro:bit is a tiny single-board computer designed to be distributed to students. First introduced five years ago, about five million micro:bit devices have been distributed to teachers and students around the world. Now the makers of the little computer have introduced a 2nd-gen model. The new BBC micro:bit features a much faster processor […]

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AMD brings Zen architecture to entry-level 6W laptop processors

Lenovo has two new low-cost laptops for the education market coming in September. Priced at $219 and up, they’re designed for students and schools that want to balance performance, all-day battery life, and low cost. They’re also powered by previously unannounced AMD chips. The Lenovo 100e 2nd-gen and Lenovo 300e 2nd-gen laptops feature some of AMD’s first […]

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The new Kano PC DIY Windows tablet: Better specs, same $300 price

Educational computer company Kano has been selling Raspberry Pi-based systems for a few years, but last summer the company introduced its first Windows device — the Kano PC Windows tablet, with an Intel Atom processor and some assembly required. Now Kano has launched a 2nd-gen Kano PC, and this time the company says it has […]

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CrowPi2 is a Raspberry Pi-powered laptop kit designed for education (crowdfunding)

A few years after creating a Raspberry Pi-based science and education kit called the CrowPi, the developers of that project are back with a new model called the CrowPi 2. This time they’ve developed a kit that looks more like a traditional laptop computer. But under the hood it’s designed to be powered by a Raspberry […]

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CTL Chromebook VX11 is an inexpensive rugged laptop for education

CTL’s latest Chromebook is an affordable laptop designed for classroom use. The CTL Chromebook VX11 features an 11.6 inch display, a 180-degree hinge, a water-resistant keyboard, reinforced ports and hinges, and a drop-resistant design. The CTL Chromebook VX11 has a list price of $229, but it’s up for pre-order for $209. With an Intel Celeron […]

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Microsoft introduces two new ARM-powered, 4G-enabled laptops for education (starting at $299)

Microsoft is making a number of education-related announcements ahead of next week’s BETT education show in the UK. But one of the most surprising is the introduction of two new “Connected PCs” with Qualcom processors, built-in support for cellular networks, and prices that start as low as $299. That will make these the cheapest Windows […]

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HP launches ProBook x360 435 G7 with Ryzen 4000 coming in May

This spring HP will begin offering a new mid-range convertible laptop aimed at business and education customers. The new HP ProBook x360 435 G7 is a 3.3 pound notebook with a 13.3 inch touchscreen display, a 360-degree hinge, and support for AMD’s 3rd-gen Ryzen processors based on Zen 2 architecture and Radeon Vega graphics. HP hasn’t […]

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HP launches new ProBook x360 convertibles for education market

HP is updating is line of laptops designed for use in classrooms with two new 11.6 inch convertible laptops. The HP ProBook x360 11 G5 EE is available now, while the HP ProBook x360 11 G6 EE is coming in March. Both feature durable designs with features including bumpers, reinforced corners, and spill-resistant keyboards. They’re both […]

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Kano PC is a DIY Windows tablet kit for kids

Kano sells line of DIY computing kits designed to help kids learn to assemble and use computers and learn to code. Up until now most of the company’s kits have been built around Raspberry Pi single-board computers and GNU/Linux software. But the latest Kano device is something different. The Kano PC is still a kit that […]

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Lenovo unveils budget Windows and Chrome OS laptops for education and business

Lenovo’s 2019 laptop lineup includes two new low-cost models with 14 inch displays that are aimed at the education and enterprise markets. The Lenovo 14e Chromebook and Lenovo 14w Windows laptop both have starting prices below $300 and both are available with up to 8GB of RAM and up to a 1080p touchscreen display. They’re also both powered by […]