After announcement made on December last year, Lenovo has finally released their ThinkPad X130e. This laptop has been nominated and designed exclusively for students in grades K-12 as it’s been accompanied with handful of supportive features for students.
Student will also get the options to choose from Intel or AMD CPU with integrated GPU. Although it won’t let them run hardcore games, it should be sufficient to use on any multimedia tools for learning purposes. The best of all is the build of the laptop. It has come with a rubber bumper that can absorbs impacts at the side of the laptop, and it’s coming with more features such as:
- 33 percent stronger corner to reduce the chance of damage when dropped at an angle
- Stronger hinges with up to 30,000 cycles
- Military-spec tested for durability
- Stronger Bezel with 1.2mm thick plastic to protect the LED panel
- Tools for digital learning environment: low-light-sensitive webcam, headphone/mic jack, speakers, Skype, Kindle for PC
- Island style keyboard
- Active Protection System™ always on, to protect against sudden drops
Also, it has a rugged, reinforced, extra durable top cover that is suitable for the innocence students. Specification wise, Lenovo ThinkPad X130e is coming with either Intel or AMD CPU, 4GB DDR3, 11.6-inch HD LED display, 250GB HDD, has WIFI, VGA port, HDMI 1.4 port, Gigabit ethernet, Mic/speaker combo jack, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and one built-in card reader.
The specs looks pretty good for student, but it would be better if Lenovo can support this laptop with an SSD instead of the rotary HDD. You know, students are not as careful as adults, so the laptop is prone to drop or knock that might threaten the data safety. However, it’s not really a threat as it already equipped with bunch of protection from the outer shell.
As for the pricing, there are two versions of ThinkPad X130e. The entry level model and higher performance models (with Intel Core i3-2367M CPU) that are listed for $429 and $549, respectively.
They are expected to shipp around this February 2012.