Keeping in mind that school-use laptops are subject to rougher handling,Lenovo,Google’s new hardware partner,is introducing a ruggedized version of the ThinkPad X 131 e Chromebook for school use.The laptop will be available from Feb. 26, 2013 for a $429 volume bid pricing, and an extra $30 for one-time management and support.
Lenovo has added a host of features to increase the durability of the laptop.The device features rubber bumpers on top, toughened corners,a stronger keyboard and reinforced ports.Equipped with stainless steel hinge brackets,the laptop’s hinges can withstand opening and closing for up to 50,000 times,i.e. about 55 times a day over a five-year-period,assuming 180 school days per year.
Lenovo’s new make,equipped with Google’s web-centric Chrome operating system,will feature built-in protection and automated updates.It seems that users cannot download native software apps that threaten device security.
The Chromebook will feature Google’s Apps for Education that allows students and teachers to use free apps for documents,spreadsheets,presentation, etc.With,intuitive software,built-in security,battery strength for a whole working day,low-light web cam and Wi-Fi connectivity,the new Chromebook is designed exclusively for the school environment.
Another interesting feature is that the new device facilitates color customization,asset tagging to address theft or loss,and school-logo etching to identify the institution.The laptop is not only light enough to be carried between classes,but the rugged build extends its life,requiring lesser repairs or replacements.
So far, Google has worked in collaboration with Acer and Samsung to make its Chromebooks.Amazon.com statistics show that Samsung Chromebook is the top-selling laptop at present.Lenovo’s innovative approach is not just attractive to students but also addresses the budget consciousness of educators.