Putting a laptop in the hands of a child is a gamble in and of itself, let alone deploying a line of notebooks in a classroom filled with kindergarten students. Accidents happen, but rather than ignore the education segment, Lenovo on Wednesday announced a couple of ruggedized ThinkPad models built specifically for K-12 students. These include the ThinkPad 11e and the ThinkPad Yoga 11e.
"We have a proven track record of designing laptops and tablets built to last in education environments. With the new ThinkPad 11e devices, we’re raising the bar with new form factors," said Jerry Paradise, executive director of product marketing, ThinkPad Product Group, Lenovo. "I’m very excited that Lenovo is able to offer a device that’s not only rugged enough for the classroom but also flexible enough to adapt to the many ways technology can be incorporated into the overall learning experience."
Unlike regular laptops, Lenovo's rugged models are equipped with features like rubber bumpers, reinforced ports, and stronger hinges to protect the systems from drops and rough handling. They also boast all-day battery life and in the case of the Yoga 11e, and IPS panel with wide viewing angles.
In addition to rugged Windows systems, Lenovo also offers Chromebook variants of both models (ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook and ThinkPad 11e Chromebook). Pricing for these models start at $349, while pricing for the Windows models start at $449. All four will be available this spring.