Lenovo announces a Chromebook that has a face only a mother could love

We reported a few days ago that there was a rumor that Lenovo would be offering Chromebooks alongside its Windows machines, and now that information has been proven correct as Lenovo has announced a new Chromebook, called the X131e, which is targeted at the education sector.

The X131e will go on sale at the end of February and will only be available to educators out of the gate. The device weighs about 4 lbs and has an 11.6-inch display, VGA and HDMI ports, a webcam, three USB ports, and an unnamed Intel processor.

Lenovo has outfitted the laptop with extra features to help protect it from tumbles off of a desk. These features include a bumper that is visible on the outside of the device and a stronger hinge to help against over aggressive users who may push the screen too far.

Pricing for this beast rings up at $429.00 with a volume purchase agreement.

Source: Lenovo | Images via Lenovo

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Why do you compare apples and oranges?
This device is not supposed to be carried around offices by executives; it will be used by students in schools and children are rough.
Besides is not middle schools supposed to be from grade 6 to 8? I did not attend educations in the US but my daughter is ten years old, she is in 5th grade and it is an Elementary school.

Fritzly said,
Why do you compare apples and oranges?
This device is not supposed to be carried around offices by executives; it will be used by students in schools and children are rough.
Besides is not middle schools supposed to be from grade 6 to 8? I did not attend educations in the US but my daughter is ten years old, she is in 5th grade and it is an Elementary school.

Could you please define the rules of what is or is not allowed then? Apparently there are certain rules that apply in some situations, but not in others. Examples include, comparing iPad sales to desktops is fine when it makes Apple look good, but not allowed when comparing what can be done with the device. Comparing battery of the iPad to Surface Pro is OK, but comparing iPad to Surface Pro in the software that can be run and the number of apps available is not allowed. Not saying you are making these comparisons, but there are certain rules that are applied to justify and disqualify arguments, and I would like to know what those rules are so I don't get any more whiny "That is not fair" complaints.

So big and heavy is good for a young kid, but bad for an adult? Why not thin, light, and built well to withstand a kid's abuse? And you cannot tell me that they will not make these available for non-school students to use. Otherwise, they will not break their record of tens of thousands of Chomebooks sold so far.

The school I went to, middle school was 3-7.

I do not define rules, I read and comment; simple as that. Would you please point to me where I used the word "not allowed" or "unfair" or "That is not fair" ?
What I stated and I confirm it is that compare a Surface, or an Apple Air, or whatever are they called, with this semi-ruggedized laptop, built for a specific purpose is incorrect. It would be like comparing an Aston Martin DB9 to a Land Rover.
This is my opinion and I am entitled to post it as well as you are to do the same.
Now if you feel persecuted by someone in these forums just report the individual/s to the moderators.

Will they make them available for others than students? I have no idea, I based my comments on the article which states:
" The X131e will go on sale at the end of February and will only be available to educators out of the gate".
Would it be possible to make the same device as sturdy as it is but lighter? it might be so but if possible I doubt that would sell for the same price.

Middle school 3-7? Interesting...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_school

Edited by Fritzly, Jan 17 2013, 9:27pm :

Fritzly said,
I do not define rules, I read and comment; simple as that.
If you feel persecuted by someone report the individual to the moderators.

I am just trying to figure out what I can or cannot say, because people seem to whine an awful lot about simple things - in this case you have defined some rule that you can only discuss a product in terms of the age of the user and you are complaining about a year or so difference over the definition of "Middle School." And "persecuted" - please, just tired of all the whining, that's all.


Compare a Surface, or an Apple Air, or whatever are they called, with this semi-ruggedized laptop, built for a specific purpose is misleading and preposterous. It would be like comparing an Aston Martin DB9 to a Land Rover.
This is my opinion and I am entitled to post it as well as you are to do the same.

Where did I write you cannot post your opinion? I welcome differing opinions from most people (there have been some that have been posting obviously made up stuff, like claiming the Surface is all plastic and refusing to recognize they are wrong, those are the exceptions). But a bumper and stronger hinges dos not mean the device has to be big and heavy.

Middle school 3-7? Interesting...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_school

The school I went to many moons ago was K-2, 3-7, and 8-12. A few years ago they combined them, and now it is K-5, 6-12.

Please re-read, and do it thoroughly, my post. I disagree to compare devices like the Surface and MAC Air against this specific Lenovo which is a "semi'ruggedized" device.
Where did you got the idea that "I defined some rule that you can only discuss a product in terms of the age of the user" is beyond my comprehension but ..... enjoy the long week-end.

looks too thick itself, just like the display .. bezel? other than that, it's a thinkpad and you people should love it just for that.

My company provides IT services to High Schools....the way some of the kids treat the equipment is horrible, something like this is perfect for educational use....but yeah, it frikken ugly.

I like how it looks, and on top of that Lenovo's are extremely though. You can't get a single creak out of them and they can stand a lot. And the keyboards are amazing!

Pretty ugly wide screen bezel, other than that looks like a Thinkpad.

But imho Thinkpads generally look much nicer and more professional than pretty much anything else. If I see a X series in the street I think - good choice, well built, corporate workhorse - Last for years

If I see an £1000 ultrabook in the street I think wow, that's expensive, looks shiny (and ugly IMHO) and will probably last 18 months.....

That said, Chromebook? No thanks I need to get things done.

(Written from my Thinkpad X200s )

Nice article preview:

"Lenovo has announced a Chromebook that is targeted at the education market and is built to withstand the trials and tribulations of the education sector but it's hard to ignore that the device is ugly"

Yeah it's pretty ugly but schools have no room to complain. Kids treat computers (especially if they're the schools') like doodoo. Good to see these are at least somewhat rugged.

Oh I agree, it is meant to stand up to a serious beating...like the one its going to get from it's owner when they realize that the only thing they can do is open a web browser.

It's funny, Google products are (kind of) forbidden at IBM due to SPI policies. I wonder who's gonna use that in business.

Edit: Oh well, education sector. Well, good luck competing with ipads and surfaces.

I see nothing wrong with the look of that laptop. If "pretty" was something I looked for, I'd be an Apple customer.

Let's face it. There is NOTHING in this world uglier than Google. Now we see their ideal hardware. I can't wait (titter) to see the almighty Google/Motorola stuff when it comes.

So, they added a rubber bumper to protect it if it falls off a desk.
Then they made it look ugly so you have a reason to throw it off the desk.
Perfect logic.

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