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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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nearly twice the price?
By Homerboy on 1/17/2013 1:38:54 PM , Rating: 2
My kids' school (a Charter STEM school) has adopted both Chromebooks and iOS devices as the choices of technology in the classroom.

I sit on the Technology Committee for the school, and the underlying goal is a 1:1 ratio for kids to devices.

These new Chromebooks are intriguing due to their durability (or at least marketed durability), but at nearly TWICE the price as a standard Chrome book, we'll have to pass.

It's hard enough to raise funds to get the number of devices that we need/want. To have to raise nearly double would be a near impossibility. I'd rather go with the "throw away" $200-$250 versions and get twice as many.




RE: nearly twice the price?
By TakinYourPoints on 1/17/2013 6:48:40 PM , Rating: 2
Its a drag because Lenovo hardware is ace. As usual you get what you pay for, and something more disposable probably makes more sense here.


RE: nearly twice the price?
By superstition on 1/20/2013 9:43:03 PM , Rating: 2
The trackpads are terrible bumpy things that lack precision.


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