Intel has tried various methods to infiltrate the classroom, from its Classmate netbook to various education tablets (including the Studybook and Education Tablets). Now it appears to be merging the two device types with the new Education 2-in-1 convertible laptop.
As with many other hybrid notebooks, the Education 2-in-1 allows students to detach the display from the keyboard in order to use it as a standalone tablet. You can also flip the screen around to have it face the front to show content off to the rest of the classroom. It includes a stylus to ease input for kids still making their way around a keyboard, and also comes with educational accessories like a snap-on magnifying lens and a temperature sensor probe.
Those tools work with Intel's Education Software suite; for instance, the probe can be used with SPARKvue*, which is a data-analysis app. There's also a Kno app for interactive note-taking, while the Education Lab Camera by Intellisense accesses the 5-megapixel rear-facing camera (and front-facing webcam). The Education 2-in-1 will ship with McAfee AntiVirus Plus, and schools can provide Intel Education Services IT tools like Computrace to the device through a service provider.
In terms of other specs, the Education 2-in-1 is built around a 1,366x768 10-inch touchscreen and powered by an Intel Atom Z3740D quad-core processor. It includes 2GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of solid-state storage, and runs Windows 8.1. Intel claims eight hours of battery life for the device, with an additional three hours when it's docked. The device is built for the rough handling that kids may provide it, with drop resistance to 70cm (a little over two feet) and water and dust resistance to meet the IP51 standard.
Intel has not announced pricing or availability for the Education 2-in-1, though it will join a crowd of competitors, including Dell, Google, Lenovo, and Microsoft, not to mention the long-running education champ, Apple.