HP has announced the ProBook x360 Education Edition 2-in-1 laptop; designed and built for the teenagers who often treat their gadgets with some fair amount of abuse.
HP indeed means that; the laptop passes the MIL-STD 810G qualification – the same standards that U.S. military equipment need to pass. HP also made an entirely new way of testing the laptop’s durability – the process involves dropping the laptop from a 30-inch height on concrete and steel floor. Why 30-inch? That’s the height of a school desk.
The convertible has to thank its industrial rubber casing for the durability, along with Gorilla Glass 4 to protect the display’s integrity. HP was also careful about some of the simpler things – the display has a thicker-than-average bezel; the thicker bezel ensures that the force of any impact is distributed, before reaching any delicate parts.
The thick bezel, of course, also makes it easier to hold the convertible in one hand when it’s in the tablet mode.
Here’s the thing: HP focused on making this 2-in-1 durable, and not on making it future-proof; the device features an 11-inch 1366×768 display, and while that is pretty low-tech, it gets the job done.
Inside the laptop, you get options: the processor is either an Intel Pentium N4200 or an Intel Celeron N3350 – neither of which, once again, are very new or high-end. There is 8 GB of RAM, though.
Storage also has to be considered when building something rugged and durable – a typical hard disk drive is mechanical, and has moving parts that can break if enough force is applied. The solution, of course, is using a solid state drive; an SSD has no moving parts but provides less storage space than a conventional hard disk.
HP has managed to fit in a 256 GB SSD in this 2-in-1 – that will be enough for most, but some might need more storage eventually.
There’s an abundance of ports as well: a USB-C port that only supports data, two USB-A 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, an Ethernet port, and an SD Card reader.
The battery life is reasonably acceptable as well – at least according to the numbers from HP, the device should last for about 11 hours on a single charge.
HP plans on releasing the laptop by mid-December this year – just before the Christmas week begins.
The pricing is set at an affordable $329, though anything higher than that would probably not be justified considering the low-tech specifications of the device.