Tablets and ultrabooks are in vogue right now, but Lenovo are still sticking with the form factor, particularly on their cheaper models aimed at kids and students. The latest ThinkPad X131e machine has been “ruggedized” to better survive the bumps and scrapes of school days.
Basically an updated X130e, specs get bumped to include Ivy Bridge Intel core or Celeron processors or a range of dual-core AMD E-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APU), depending on your budget.
Boasting an 11.6 inch screen, the laptop gets tough with a rubber-encased hard-drive and stainless steel brackets in the cover, meaning ti should be able to endure 150% more forceful impacts.
As well as bumping up the audio capabilities with olby Advanced Audio., the laptop has a small LED indicator on its lid that flashes when web connected. It’s meant to help teachers spot when students are browsing the web when they shouldn’t be.
Hitting the UK in July, the machines will start at £349 and rise to £449 depending on your chosen configuration.