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Lenovo Introduces Rugged ThinkPad Chromebook for Schools

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Lenovo today announced the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook -- a fast booting, highly customizable ThinkPad 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.

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.

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If this costs more than 100$, than it is not worth it
 
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I'm assuming special bid means it will only be available to companies for bulk order...this would make for an awesome little linux book, maybe I'll find one of these on the cheap on ebay in a year or two.
 
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In addition to their added IT benefits, Chromebooks also cost less than most high end tablets and according to the IDC
Cheaper that most?
Cheaper then the 3rd gen iPad, more expensive than the Nexus7 ?
Mmm, that's a long stretch between $250 and $600/700. It could be much cheaper in whole sale. Plus, I don't think Chromebooks are meant to be expensive.

It'd be nice to see a cheap rugged laptop though.
 

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Cheaper that most?
Cheaper then the 3rd gen iPad, more expensive than the Nexus7 ?
Mmm, that's a long stretch between $250 and $600/700. It could be much cheaper in whole sale. Plus, I don't think Chromebooks are meant to be expensive.

It'd be nice to see a cheap rugged laptop though.
lenovo killed the ThinkPad line.

After owning current generation ThinkPads , I found that the quality doesn't live up to the legendary standards that IBM had.

There is no such thing as a cheap rugged laptop. There is such thing as a cheap low quality laptop meant for the masses though.

If you want a rugged laptop you might want to look at the Panasonic Toughbook.