(image: Lenovo) Lenovo ThinkPad X130e Laptop | US$469.00 | www.lenovo.com
these days we almost cannot live without a computer (and Internet, of course) and for that, it is important to get this ‘cannot live without’ culture across to our younger ones by getting them to start early into the reliance of computing. apparently, Lenovo knew this fact and has pushed out the Lenovo ThinkPad X130e, specially tailored for the education market and since it is targeted at much younger users, it is also ruggedized to meet any potential abuse that kids at age could potentially unleash. some of ruggedized aspects include rubber bumper around plastic chassis, thicker bezel protected by 1.2mm plastic, recess and reinforced ports, a hinge rated for 30,000 cycles, and accelerometer to protect the hard drive from shock. though protected, the result of this ruggedizing resulted in a weightier 11-inch laptop (1.78kg, to be exact).
the X130e is powered by Intel Core i3-2367M processor, AMD Fusion E-300 and E-450 APUs, 2GB RAM, up to 500GB of HDD, and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. other features include Lenovo’s RapidBoot technology that promises a sub-20 second startup time, USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, Ethernet, audio out jack, and a 4-in-1 card reader. Lenovo will offer the X130e, customized to the education sector with tweaked BIOS and laptop lid with assorted colors. not only it is the first classroom-ready laptop that falls under ThinkPad branding but it is also one that’s not in black like its business-oriented counterparts. the Lenovo ThinkPad X130e Laptop will hit the market starting from December 20, 2012 with an affordable price tag of $469 each. as an individual, you can’t buy it but there are some product images for your viewing pleasure after the break (courtesy of Engadget).