Lenovo already has a Windows based ThinkPad available in the education market, but now they are adding Chrome OS to the lineup, which will offer schools a cheaper alternative to Windows based laptops.
The new Chromebook will come with an Intel Processor, rather than the AMD dual-core chip found in some of Lenovo’s Windows based ThinkPad X131e’s. It will also feature an 11.6 inch anti-glare display with a resolution of 1366×768, three USB ports, a built in web cam, and will weight in at a pretty light 3.92 pounds.
Schools will have to bid for subscriptions with Lenovo, which will include delivery of the hardware and continued technical support thereafter. The X131e Chromebook will be made available to school from February 26.
Caesar Sengupta, director of product development for the Chrome operating system, had this to say about the venture:
“Chromebooks are in use today by more than one-thousand K-12 schools, and they make an ideal on-to-one device because they’re more cost effective, easier to manage and maintain than traditional laptops or tablets. 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.”
Personally, I think Chromebooks are ideally suited for students. All you need is Google Docs and a sturdy web browser, then you have everything you need to research and writing up your essays. And thanks to a lower price point, schools will be able to provide more students with computing equipment.
Are there any students out there currently studying with the aid of a Chromebook, if so let us know what you think?
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Ballmer did it again. He mocked Chrome OS in 2009. Since then we’ve known it would be a hit.
I have come to rely nearly exclusively on my Chromebook. I am nearing the end of my student days, but throughout law school I searched for the perfect affordable device for research. I settled first on the CR-48 (bought off eBay) then tried the Asus TF-300 Transformer Pad (along with a few other Android tablets). While the CR-48 lagged some during heavy research (multiple tabs open), I preferred it over the Asus because of its productivity capability. While there are many capable Android productivity suites, and the Transformer’s netbook-like design was great, the Chromebook’s integration with Google’s suite makes it more intuitive and efficient.
I recently sold my CR-48 and purchased a Samsung Series 5 Chromebook as its replacement. I could not be happier. I recently discovered the Chrome Remote Desktop app which has taken its utility to the next level for me. I am now able to access the Adobe Acrobat software on my PC from remote locations to create PDFs from multiple scanned pages without having to upload them to a third-party application. Awesome sauce.
I am completely sold on Chromeos.