Lenovo today announced the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook — a fast booting, highly customizable ThinkPad built with rugged features for K-12 education. Utilizing the Google Chrome OS rather than Windows, 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.
Latest Tools for Today’s Schools
Lenovo’s ThinkPad X131e Chromebook, provides students, educators, and IT administrators with an 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 Wi-Fi 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 (likely Intel Atom), a 1366×768 HD LED anti-glare screen, and three USB ports. At less than four pounds and battery life for the entire school day, students can easily carry the laptop between classes without the need to recharge.
The ThinkPad X131e also 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 institution.
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 network. In conjunction with Chrome’s built-in protection, Chromebooks allow IT departments 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.
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 support.
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook will be available starting February 26 via special bid. That being said, given the fact that the Windows 8 version of the X131e retails for $539 it’s safe to say educators will be paying less for the version running the Google Chrome operating system.