Lenovo announced today the ThinkPad X130e laptop, an 11.6-inch lightweight ultraportable specially ruggedized for education and infused with features to help students in grades K-12 get the most out of their PC technology, the OEM claims. The main selling point is its durability; the ThinkPad X130e has a reinforced and extra durable top cover, keyboard, and hinges, all of which are fairly unique to the ultraportable category.
The top cover is made of rubber to absorb impacts to all sides. It has 33 percent stronger corners to help protect against drops (or when the schoolyard kids toss it around like a Frisbee during an impromptu and ill-advised game of 'keep away'), stronger hinges rated at up to 30,000 cycles, reinforced and recessed ports to decrease the effects of student wear and tear, and a stronger bezel with 1.2mm thick plastic to protect the LED, all while weighing less than four pounds.
As for the hardware, the ThinkPad X130e is available with AMD Fusion E300 and E450 or Intel second generation Core i3 2367M ULV processor options. It also has a low-light webcam, HDMI and VGA outputs, a sub 20-second startup routine, and built-in tools like Rescue and Recovery and Access Connections so students and faculty won't have to pester school IT support as frequently.
The ThinkPad x130e will be available December 30, 2011, starting at $469.