Mobile Devices

January 18, 2013

Lenovo Introduces Rugged ThinkPad Chromebooks, School-Proofed Against Wear and Tear

With only a browser and booting speeds of only a few seconds, Chromebooks have been seen as the answer to getting things done faster and easier. This is especially true for students. The life of a student, however, is not all that smooth, and the typical school day will likely subject students’ laptops to extreme wear and tear.

To solve this problem while offering them a superior product, Lenovo has announced the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook.

This fast booting and customizable laptop not only runs on simplified software and packs thousands of educational resources, but is also built to withstand the rigors of a daily K-12 education environment. The laptop is school-proof and comes with rugged features that include a rubber bumper around the top cover, and stronger corners to avoid damage to the system in case of an accidental drop.

Just as well, its hinges and hinge brackets have been strengthened to ensure that it is still functional, even after 50,000 open and close cycles.

According to the executive director of product marketing at ThinkPad Product Group, Jerry Paradise, “The ThinkPad X131e has proven to be very successful in education environments.”

There have also been reduced failure rates – a huge benefit to schools and students, especially those who are budge conscious.

In addition to being a hardened Chromebook, the ThinkPad X131e comes with Google Apps for Education, along with other Web apps available in the Chrome Web Store that allow students to create, edit and view documents, spreadsheets, multimedia videos, slideshow presentations and PDF files.

Lenovo ThinkPad x131es can be customized to each educational institution, and come in a variety of custom colors. Asset tagging services help keep track of devices left in the classroom or the school bus. 

Chromebooks are now in use in more than one thousand K-12 schools since they are considered reliable, cost effective and easier to manage and maintain than traditional laptops.

Let’s hope Lenovo decides to offer these rugged features for average computer users, as I’m sure some of us could really use them.

Edited by Braden Becker

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