|[January 17, 2013]
Lenovo Introduces Rugged ThinkPad Chromebook for Schools
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. --(Business Wire)--
Lenovo (News - Alert) (HKSE: 0992) (PINK SHEETS: LNVGY) today announced the ThinkPad
X131e Chromebook -- a fast booting, highly customizable laptop PC built
with rugged features for the daily rigors of K-12 education. 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.
Lenovo's ThinkPad X131e Chromebook, provides students, educators, and IT administrators with an intuitive, easy-to-manage, and rugged laptop for all their computing needs right out of the box. (Photo: Business Wire)
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.
"The ThinkPad X131e has proven to be very successful in education
environments," said Jerry Paradise, executive director of product
marketing, ThinkPad Product Group. "With the rugged features we added to
the X131e, we've seen reduced failure rates in the field. This is a huge
benefit to schools and students. We're pleased to be able to offer this
hardened ThinkPad Chromebook as a great computer for schools."
Latest Tools for Today's Digital Learning Environment
Lenovo's ThinkPad X131e Chromebook, provides students, educators, and IT
administrators with an intuitive, easy-to-manage, and rugged laptop for
all their computing needs right out of the box. Using Google (News - Alert) 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 WiFi and Chroe'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 (News - Alert)® processor, a 1366x768 HD
LED anti-glare screen, and three USB ports. At less than four pounds1
and battery life for the entire school day, students can easily carry
the laptop between classes without the need to recharge.
Recognizing that one laptop doesn't fit all, especially when it comes to
schools, the ThinkPad X131e 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 institution2.
"Chromebooks are in use today by more than one-thousand K-12 schools,
and they make an ideal one-to-one device because they're more cost
effective, easier to manage and maintain than traditional laptops or
tablets," said Caesar Sengupta, director of product management, Chrome
OS, Google. "Lenovo has a great reputation in schools for making durable
and reliable laptops, so we're excited to partner with them to introduce
the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook."
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 ecosystem. In conjunction with
Chrome's built-in protection, Chromebooks allow schools' IT teams 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.
For the always budget conscious educators and school administrators,
Chromebooks cost less than most high end tablets and according to the
IDC (News - Alert), require 69 percent less labor to deploy and 92 percent less labor
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook will be available starting February 26th
via special bid volume pricing starting at $429. Interested K-12
institutions should contact their Lenovo Sales Representative.
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Lenovo (HKSE: 0992) (PINK SHEETS: LNVGY) is a $US30 billion personal
technology company - and one of the top two PC makers globally, serving
customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building
exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo's
business is built on product innovation, a highly efficient global
supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group's
acquisition of the IBM (News - Alert) Personal Computing Division, the Company
develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and
easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include
legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as
well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices,
including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in
Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North
Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com.
1 3.92 lbs (1.78kg) with 6-cell battery
Some customization may require a minimum order quantity
on research performed by IDC, August 2012, "Quantifying the Economic
Value of Chromebooks for K-12 Education"
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