HP’s new Fortis student laptops are slightly more child-safe


Giving a computer to a child is, in effect, undergoing a torture test. That’s why HP is launching its new line of rugged Fortis laptops that are built to withstand the abuse of students.

Comprised of a line of laptops and 2-in-1s starting at $349, each Fortis notebook comes with an extra level of durability compared to typical notebooks, including spill resistance (up to 11.8 ounces of liquid), reinforced ports and rubber trim to protect against drops and bumps. HP has even added a textured surface to make it easier to hold the laptops to prevent them from falling, while a new metal shield helps protect the laptop’s battery in case the device falls.

To guard against constantly fidgeting kids, HP has installed a new fully anchored keyboard with keys that are harder to remove. And because schools are a breeding ground for bacteria, HP has designed its Fortis laptops to be wiped clean with standard household cleaners.

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As for the devices themselves, the HP Fortis 14-inch G10 Chromebook is the cheapest of the bunch starting at just $349 (available now). It comes with a 1366 x 768 or full HD 1920 x 1080 display (touch is optional), a range of Intel Celeron and Pentium processors, up to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of eMMC storage, Wi-Fi 6 and one of Google’s Built-in Titan C security chips. Connectivity includes one USB-C port for charging and data, two USB-A ports, one HDMI, a combo headphone/mic jack and a microSD card reader.

If you want a slightly smaller Chromebook for education, there’s also the HP Fortis 11-inch G9 Q Chromebook, although it won’t be released until June. Instead of a chip from Intel, it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c along with a slightly slower Wi-Fi 5 modem, 4GB/8GB RAM and 32GB/64GB eMMC storage. And whichever you choose, both the Fortis 14 G10 and Fortis 11 G9 Q can be configured with an optional 4G LTE connection.

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Meanwhile, when it comes to Windows-based systems, there’s the clamshell HP ProBook Fortis 14-inch G9 and HP Probook Fortis 14-inch G10, which have nearly identical specs alongside their processors. The ProBook Fortis 14 G9 comes with a selection of Intel Celeron and Pentium chips that run Windows 11 SE, while the ProBook Fortis 14 G10 comes equipped with newer Intel 12th Gen Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs that run standard Windows 11. Both systems support up to 8GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard eMMC storage, in addition to a 128GB or 256B M.2 SSD.

The HP ProBook Fortis 14 G9 is available now starting at $369, while the ProBook Fortis 14 G10 won’t ship until later in April (price still unknown).

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And if that wasn’t enough, HP has made some rugged 2-in-1s for education in the HP Pro x360 Fortis 11-inch G9 and the HP Pro x360 Fortis 11-inch G10. Like their clamshell siblings, the Pro x360 Fortis 11 G9 is powered by a range of Intel Celeron and Pentium processors and comes preinstalled with Windows 11 SE, while the Pro x360 Fortis 11 G10 has more powerful 12th-generation Core i3 and i5. gets chips and full Windows 11. Notably, both of HP’s Fortis 2-in-1s come with stylus support (although HP’s rechargeable pen is an optional extra) and support for an optional rear-facing 5-MP camera.

The Pro x360 11 G9 is available now from $399, and the Pro x360 Fortis 11 G10 is expected to arrive sometime in April (price still unknown).

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