HP announced a Windows-based notebook for students, the ProBook x360 11 G7 EE, last Friday. Due in February, it has a fold-back display, world-facing camera, and Wi-Fi 6 support. The unit runs on an Intel Pentium Silver or Celeron processor and can accommodate up to 8 GB of memory and up to a 256 GB solid-state drive.
Pricing on all of HP’s latest education laptops has yet to be announced.
Distance learning arrangements currently in place across much of the country due to the coronavirus pandemic have imposed severe challenges on students, parents, and teachers. According to an HP research study, nearly 70% of teachers and students feel less connected to each other at present. 66% of teachers expect blended learning to continue after the pandemic.
“If you think about the current world, everybody is struggling, from teachers that do not know from week to week where they will teach from and where will they be teaching for their students, to students that even when well-equipped struggle to stay on track and find themselves distracted at best,” Avey says.
Surging demand for distance learning hardware is one reason global sales of desktops, notebooks, and workstations jumped 13.1% in 2020, according to IDC. Device shipments to teachers and students specifically jumped 46% last year, HP says, citing data from Futuresource Consulting.