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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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RE: Interesting
By Ammohunt on 1/17/2013 1:18:07 PM , Rating: 2
The school my son attends is looking at iPads for the kids they contacted Apple and they were non-specific on education discounts. $99 for a Chromebook for educational institutes is incredibly cheap;combined with the appliance factor and centralized data store makes for an excellent educational device for kids.

After doing some more research i am pretty impressed and am going to suggest these to the school. What is almost never factored into the cost by the "just buy a laptop" crowd is the costs of paying someone to maintain fully blown laptops running windows vs this model which consists mainly of dropping in a new chromebook when one dies since all the kids important data is stored remotely and its simplicity does not require massive amounts of support software like AV.


RE: Interesting
By Homerboy on 1/17/2013 1:39:50 PM , Rating: 2
Where do you get a $99 Chrome book?


RE: Interesting
By Ammohunt on 1/17/2013 2:18:15 PM , Rating: 2
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