Lenovo is getting ready for the back-to-school shopping season with the announcement of the new ThinkPad X131e laptop. This 11.6-inch laptop features a rugged design to ensure it withstands the demands of students and school. The ThinkPad X131e is available with dual core AMD E-300 and E2-1800 APUs with AMD Radeon graphics or Intel Core i3-2367M and Intel Celeron 877 processors with Intel HD Graphics. Other features include Dolby Advanced Audio, USB 3.0, and a low-light webcam. Lenovo says the ThinkPad X131e's battery should last up to 8.5 hours. The laptop weighs less than four pounds. Pricing for the ThinkPad X131e starts at $499.
New Ruggedized ThinkPad Laptops Are A+ Classroom Performers
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 10:13 am EDT – Lenovo today announced the ThinkPad X131e laptop, built especially for students with the technologies to enhance classroom learning along with a rugged design to meet the physical demands of the school day and beyond. The ThinkPad X131e offers choices of Intel® Core™ and Celeron® processors or AMD E-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) for strong performance, Dolby® Advanced Audio® for rich and resonant sound, vibrant HD graphics and USB 3.0 for fast data transfers. The PC’s cover displays a wireless activity LED indicator so teachers know when students are using WiFi in the classroom. Built for the rigors of education, the laptop also includes customization and security options for schools’ IT teams.
“We know from experience that students are our toughest customers – literally – and for that reason we make it a point to go above and beyond our standard ruggedness features in the laptops we introduce for education,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, ThinkPad Business Unit, Lenovo. “To help combat the extreme wear and tear students subject their laptops to, we’ve designed our toughest education PC yet by incorporating heavy-duty, military-grade features, while packing the device with top of the line technology so teachers can offer students the latest in digital learning.”
The powerful ThinkPad X131e can handle a variety of student assignments, from working with video and creating presentations to managing data and other word processing tasks. The 11.6-inch laptop includes choices of dual core AMD E-300 and E2-1800 APUs with AMD Radeon™ graphics or Intel® Core™ i3-2367M and Intel® Celeron® 877 processors with Intel® HD Graphics; all help to deliver multimedia-rich lessons. ThinkPad X131e PCs equipped with Intel processors also offer the option of including Intel® Learning Series Software Suite, a collaborative and user-friendly tool designed for one-to-one eLearning and classrooms around the world.
The convenient LED light on the laptop’s cover shows wireless activity to give teachers a quick visual cue that students are connected to the Internet for lessons requiring connectivity -- and offline when the work calls for simple word processing or other local activity. This convenient aid to teachers helps keep students following along with the lesson.
The laptop’s Dolby® Advanced Audio® boosts the performance of the built-in speakers and enhances classroom learning that includes music, video and games. Additional multimedia functions include a low-light webcam and Lenovo’s Instant Resume function, allowing students to maintain a WiFi connection while moving from class to class.
Lenovo built the ThinkPad X131e for mobility throughout the school day with its lightweight design, less than four pounds, and with long battery life, up to 8.5 hours. Student-tested, heavy-duty features include:
The ThinkPad X131e also meets the needs of IT teams with its range of optional services including asset tagging for inventory control, ThinkPad Warranty Upgrades with onsite repair to provide tech help at school and ThinkPad Accidental Damage Protection which turns expensive out-of-warranty repairs into predictable, managed expenses.
The X131e comes in custom colors and the school can opt to have its logo etched into the top cover.
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkPad X131e laptop will be available starting today from business partners and on www.lenovo.com. Pricing for models starts at $499
Yet again, another reason NOT to buy a tablet.
Certainly wish I had access to this sort of technology. My schools of course were too cheap to buy quality Lenovo laptops.
"You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to
them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new."
I have a few misgivings about this particular piece of equipment. One thing is that whenever a company makes a laptop "Rugged" it reminds me of using an overly bulky plastic hammer in the sandbox and almost always give the feel that the product developer is being patronizing.
Second i have used mac laptops growing up through school and have noticed without exception that computers designed with "the student's learning in mind" fall far short of the mark, they use small programs with few features. (The kind where you see pretty much all of its content in the commercial advertising it)
and last of all, when a company proposes to market specifically to on group it loses its inherent ability to be versatile, so a computer designed for a student wont have the same capabilities designed with everyone in mind and might be hard put to rival similarly priced laptops from other computer makers.
I completely agree with you if it was in regards to a student buying that laptop for their own personal use. However it seems to me like this is aimed towards schools that can buy them in bulk for classroom sets. For school use this is perfect, the rugged design actually does assist in prolonging the life of the laptop because even high school students drop them or try to vandalize them on purpose. Probably because the students do not care about the laptop since it does not actually belong to them. As for the limited applications, my school only allow us to use the computers for research browsing and word processing. They literally locked us out of everything else. Judging for the specs available, although probably slightly more expensive, they definitely beat the crappy netbooks I was stuck with in school.
Don't like the AMD processors but I don't like the graphic solution on the intel side either. I like the USB 3.0 and the price. Other than that sounds like another decent Lenovo product.
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