Lenovo Unveils Line of Windows and Chrome Laptops for Education
Ron Perillo / 8 months ago
Lenovo recently announced their largest lineup of education oriented laptops yet. It includes not just affordable Chrome OS notebooks, but Windows 10 solutions as well. With products starting at $219 and up to $499, the line consists of affordable essentials that fits various education use requirements.
The base model is the Lenovo 100e sporting an 11.6-inch 1366×768 display. It uses an Intel Celeron N3350 “Apollo Lake” processor with up to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. It also comes with 32GB or up to 128GB of eMMC storage. The 100e even has a reversible HD camera and a spill-proof keyboard. The Apollo Lake line is known for its efficiency, which enables the 100e’s 45Wh battery to last up to 10 hours.
The Windows version will begin selling on January 2018. However, the Chrome OS version will not be available until March 2018.
Like the 100e, the 300e is also available with Windows 10 or Google’s Chrome OS. However, they differ in hardware inside. The Windows model will sport an Intel Celeron Apollo Lake CPU, while the Chrome OS version uses a MediaTek MTK 8173C processor. Both are similar in terms of looks and form factor however, weighing 3 pounds and using an 11.6-inch IPS display. Users can expect up to 8 hours of battery life on the Windows model. Meanwhile, the Chrome OS version lasts up to 10 hours. Both are 360-degree foldable, but the Windows version includes pen support.
In terms of pricing and availability, the Windows model is available for $279 starting January 2018. The Chrome OS version costs $279 as well, but it will not be available until February 2018.
The 500e offers quite a bit more than both budget 100e and 300e models. It has an 11.6-inch IPS display as well but has Gorilla Glass for added security. It comes with a pressure sensitive pen that stows away in its own built-in compartment. Unlike the 100e and 300e however, the 500e is strictly a Chromebook device.
The hardware inside includes an Intel Celeron N350 Apollo Lake processor with up to 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The entire device also folds up to 360-degrees and weighs 2.97 pounds. On a single full charge, users can expect up to 10 hours of operation.
In terms of pricing information, it starts at $349 and is available starting January 2018.
ThinkPad 11e and 11e Yoga
The new ThinkPad 11e and 11e Yoga are thinner and lighter than previous generation models. Moreover, these 5th generation ThinkPad units boasts up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. Each face a 12-method MIL-SPEC testing which ensures its survivability in any classroom setting. What differentiates the Yoga version from the regular ThinkPad 11e is the use of the pressure sensitive pen as well as the world-facing camera. Both area available with 11.6-inch HD IPS display with optional touch variants.
Both the ThinkPad 11e and ThinkPad 11e Yoga will start selling come February 2018. The 360-degree rotating 11e Yoga version costs a bit more at $499 compared to the $429 clamshell ThinkPad 11e.