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Lenovo Releases First Chromebook, the ThinkPad X131e

[ 0 ] Posted by on January 17, 2013

X131e ThinkPad

Lenovo have released their first ever Chromebook aimed at schools and education, the ThinkPad X131e.

2012 should be considered as a good year for the Chromebook, with the Samsung Series 3 kicking up a good storm from consumers and probably a fair few sales. The trend for consumer focused Chromebooks is simple: they now need to be as cheap as or a better purchase than a netbook, and they are. So what about Chromebooks within education? Well Lenovo has that covered this early 2013, with its first ever Chrome OS laptop the ThinkPad X131e.

Lenovo is pitching this ThinkPad branded Chromebook at schools and the educational system, calling it ‘rugged’ with plenty of added security features. As you’d expect, the machine is almost all black which is only broken up through a red lid and red detailing towards the top of the trackpad. Of course, that red nub is there too, adding to its ThinkPad credentials.

Inside the X131e you can have up to an AMD Dual-Core E-Series E2-1800 processor, with battery life rated at 8.5 hours. Full specifications available here.

Set for a February 26th launch, the X131e is only available to educational faculties so any consumers out there looking for a rugged, ThinkPad Chromebook should wait out. Chances are, Chromebooks will really fly this year, and Lenovo may introduce a consumer focused one before years end.

Full PR below.

Lenovo Introduces Rugged ThinkPad Chromebook for Schools

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – January 17, 2013: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook — a fast booting, highly customizable ThinkPad built with rugged features for the daily rigors of K-12 education. The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook simplifies software and security management for school administrators and provides students and teachers with quick access to thousands of apps, education resources and storage.

Throughout the course of a typical school day, students’ laptops are often subject to extreme wear and tear. To help school-proof them, the ThinkPad X131e has rugged features including a rubber bumper around the top cover and stronger corners to protect the system in the case of an accidental drop. The hinges and hinge brackets are also strengthened to last more than 50,000 open and close cycles.

“The ThinkPad X131e has proven to be very successful in education environments,” said Jerry Paradise, executive director of product marketing, ThinkPad Product Group. “With the rugged features we added to the X131e, we’ve seen reduced failure rates in the field. This is a huge benefit to schools and students. We’re pleased to be able to offer this hardened ThinkPad Chromebook as a great computer for schools.”

Latest Tools for Today’s Digital Learning Environment

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X131e Chromebook, provides students, educators, and IT administrators with an intuitive, easy-to-manage, and rugged laptop for all their computing needs right out of the box. Using Google Apps for Education along with thousands of web apps in the Chrome Web Store, students can easily create documents, edit spreadsheets, view multimedia videos, create slide show presentations and view PDF files.

Students can use the low-light webcam to communicate with students in other schools across the world or just across town. They can also easily connect via WiFi and Chrome’s fast start up gets students online instantly. With HDMI and VGA ports, students can present their reports to the class with a projector or big screen TV.

The 11.6-inch X131e laptop features an Intel® processor, a 1366×768 HD LED anti-glare screen, and three USB ports. At less than four pounds1 and battery life for the entire school day, students can easily carry the laptop between classes without the need to recharge.

Recognizing that one laptop doesn’t fit all, especially when it comes to schools, the ThinkPad X131e offers a number of customization options including custom colors, asset tagging services to help keep track of devices left on the school bus or in the classroom, and school logo etching to make every device unique to each educational institution2.

“Chromebooks are in use today by more than one-thousand K-12 schools, and they make an ideal on-to-one device because they’re more cost effective, easier to manage and maintain than traditional laptops or tablets,” said Caesar Sengupta, director of product management, Chrome OS, Google. “Lenovo has a great reputation in schools for making durable and reliable laptops, so we’re excited to partner with them to introduce the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook.”

Student Tested, IT Approved

As millions of students in education institutions across the country continue to use Google Apps for Education, administrators need a system that is easily manageable but also provides the layers of security required to safe guard a school’s ecosystem. In conjunction with Chrome’s built-in protection, Chromebooks allow schools’ IT teams to manage security and scalability through one dashboard. This allows IT professionals to configure and manage devices all from one place, saving time, resources and money rolling out multiple computer images.

Lenovo also recognizes one laptop doesn’t fit all, especially when it comes to schools. The X131e offers a number of customization options including custom colors, asset tagging services to help keep track of devices left on the school bus or classroom, and school logo etching to make every device unique to each education institution2.

In addition to their added IT benefits, Chromebooks also cost less than most high end tablets and according to the IDC, require 69 percent less labor to deploy and 92 percent less labor to support3.

Pricing and Availability

The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook will be available starting February 26 via special bid.

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