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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 TakinYourPoints on 1/17/2013 7:16:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it really depends on where its being used. In the film industry I'm in they're great for remote sharing of images and documents or showing on-site color correction. Superior color profiles to even most desktop displays, forget laptops, makes them very useful for this. Similar thing at places like hospitals, the one my mom works at deployed them over a year ago and they're very convenient.

For schools... different story. Its a shame that the Lenovos are expensive as they are because it looks like great hardware. You get what you pay for, of course, and Lenovo makes good stuff. Something more disposable might make sense in this case, even if it means that it is cheaper and not as well made.

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Try installing any site-license software on an IPAD....You can't do it because each user has to "register" and use Itunes to load any apps.


This is incorrect, an iPad never has to be plugged into iTunes to load apps, hasn't been for a while. All it needs is an account and your associated apps, whether they are from the app store or are custom ad hoc internal apps, can be downloaded.

For groups like business or education there are administration applications that let you remotely manage dozens of iPads. You can remotely restrict or authorize app usage per device or per user, manage the applications on it, all the standard stuff. As for volume licence pricing, that is entirely the choice of the developer but a quick check on Google says that it does exist for business and education applications.


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