It may look bulky, but the Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100 is meant for the education market [hands-on]

Kids can be pretty rough when they handle tech gadgets, which is probably why the Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100 exists. We got the chance to check out the upcoming Chrome OS powered tablet that’s targeting the education market during CES 2019.

Ruggedized for longevity

Right off the bat, the first thing that caught our attention was the tablet’s ruggedized design. Constructed to meet MIL-STD-810G, the Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100 is built like a tank for longevity. Given how some kids may not always be the most careful with tech gadgets, especially when they can be stuffed into an already packed backpack, it’s assuring that the ruggedized construction will ensure it’ll be a while before it’s out of commission because of a few bumps and bruises. Furthermore, we do like the rubberized material it’s flaunting, which not only helps for gripping the tablet, but it also helps to resist fingerprints and smudges.

Surprising utility

Featuring a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048 x 1536) display, it’s certainly rich in detail, but it’s not particularly the highest quality panel – partly due to the terrible distortion at wide viewing angles. Despite that, however, the addition of a stylus with the Chrome OS experience definitely adds a degree of utility from an otherwise forgettable tablet. With this, it’ll allow students to interact with the various apps and education experiences that the tablet is obviously going to provide. And best of all, you can tuck the stylus away into the tablet when it’s not being used.

A low cost offering

In getting the Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100 to more students and teachers as possible, it’s going to be attached with a relatively affordable price point. However, the exact pricing has yet to be revealed, but we’re hoping that it’ll be under the $200 range to make it an investment suitable for the education market.


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