Lenovo Unveils Rugged ThinkPad Chromebook for Schools
January 17, 2013 9:37 AM
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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.
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1/17/2013 12:41:08 PM
We as a family are almost always connected to the internet; i used to bag on ChromeOS but i am starting to change my mind. If you take a look at the chrome app store its pretty impressive. I am debating getting tablets for my kids vs something like a Chromebook. Ipads are cost prohibitive and frankly my kids are spoiled but their own ipads? nexus 7's are the other option we are considering but i like the idea of having a full keyboard and the possiblity of these devices permeating the educational system.
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