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Lenovo puts Chromebooks in schools

Today Lenovo announced a new ruggedized ThinkPad notebook aimed at education use. The new product is called the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook. Lenovo says that the machine is a fast booting and highly customizable ThinkPad built with rugged features designed specifically to survive the daily rigors of K-12 education.

The new ThinkPad promises simple software and security management for school administrators and promises to provide students and teachers with quick access to thousands of apps and educational resources. The X131e features a rubber bumper around the top cover and stronger corners to protect the system in the event of a drop. The notebook also has strengthened hinges and hinge brackets designed to last for more than 50,000 open and close cycles.

The machine has an 11.6-inch screen and uses an unidentified Intel processor. It features HDMI and VGA outputs and has integrated Wi-Fi. The screen has a resolution of 1366 x 768 and is LED backlit with an antiglare covering. The X131e also features three USB ports and weighs less than 4 pounds. Lenovo promises that the machine will last for an entire school day on a single battery charge.

The X131e is also customizable to meet the schools needs including custom colors, asset tagging services, and school logo etching for the cover.
The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook will be available starting February 26 via special bid for educational institutions.

Source: Lenovo

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By sulu1977 on 1/17/2013 11:01:18 AM , Rating: 3
can a non-student get one of these?

RE: hmmm
By DanNeely on 1/17/2013 11:54:33 AM , Rating: 2
The X131e is available for $619 with Win8 installed. How hard is it to install ChromeOS yourself?

RE: hmmm
By GotThumbs on 1/17/2013 12:36:18 PM , Rating: 2
Not possible. Chrome OS is not available on retail markets.

RE: hmmm
By Flunk on 1/17/2013 12:35:50 PM , Rating: 2
The group of people interested in ChromeOS doesn't really overlap with the group of people who know anything at all about computers. ChromeOS is really designed for people who want an internet toaster.

RE: hmmm
By Jeffk464 on 1/17/2013 12:43:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, when was the last time your toaster got hacked?

RE: hmmm
By ritualm on 1/17/2013 2:09:32 PM , Rating: 3
I wanted orange. It gave me lemon-lime.

RE: hmmm
By GotThumbs on 1/17/2013 1:01:43 PM , Rating: 2
NewEgg or Amazon has Chrome Book devices, but Lenovo's may be available shortly as well.




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