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?