The education-targeted Lenovo Thinkpad Video
The education-targeted Lenovo Thinkpad Video Transcript
Hi. I'm Scott Stein, senior editor at CNET and are you going back to school? Do you want a laptop? Well, buy a ThinkPad. That't the idea that Lenovo is trying to sell on the Lenovo ThinkPad X130e. Now, obviously we are a long way from back-to-school season but this educational targeted laptop is supposedly targeted at the K through 12 set. Now, of course it's also being sold to some extent as a portable ThinkPad. last year, the Lenovo ThinkPad X120e was one of my favorite little small laptops that I looked at that had an AMD Fusion E350 processor inside. So it's faster than a netbook but a little more sluggish than a full pledge laptop and that was the compromise we have to face with these 11-inch laptops. Now a year later, this an AMD E300 processor which performs about the same but this laptop cost 549. That still feels too high for what you're getting in here and it's very sturdily built and that's the big move here that's educationally targeted at least. This laptop's latest change, it's thicker but it also has curved rubberized bumpers that also protects the rest of the laptop and provides some dust resistance. There's also a sturdier hinge. So if you wanna throw it into a backpack and give it some stress testing, this does feel like a very thick, sturdy laptop but it also half a pound heavier than the X120E. 3.9 pounds. That's not far off from a regular full-pledge laptop weight and you can feel it. This thing is thick. It's over an inch thick. So if you are comparing it to an Ultrabook or a Mac Book Air, forget it. The other problem is that there are laptops that have equivalent processing specs you can get for less. The HP DM1Z, one of our favorite 11-0inch laptops has sold for around 399 as off last year and so you can get one of those types of deals for similar amount of money. Now, is it educationally-friendly? Well, I don't really know if this is education friendly because while it does have customized back lids for both purchases and it does have a nice sturdy feel, it's Windows 7 laptop. There are a lot of those and some of the design elements I don't really like when I think about a kid using them. For instance, there is a track point here. I mean that's a ThinkPad standard but would a 7th grader wanna use one of those? The problem is not that it sits in the hunky middle of the keyboard but the fact that it's discrete buttons take up a tremendous amount of the real stay that otherwise will be used for that multi-touch quick pad beneath. It's just an awkward touch that suggest that this laptop is kinda edging it's bet. Yes, I wanna be an educational laptop. I also wanna be for small businesses and that's the biggest problem I have for this laptop. It feels like an in-betweener and the price doesn't really feel right. Your should probably pipe in something around $400 for a laptop like this as opposed to $550 but it does have good battery life and you know, if you want something that feels somewhat indestructible for a student, maybe take a look at it but there's really nothing special going on in this laptop that you haven't seen before. I'm Scott Stein and this is a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad X130e.
The AMD Fusion-powered ThinkPad x120e is an 11-inch ultraportable that's better and more affordable than last year's model, making it an even better choice for small-business buyers.
Balancing between ultraportable and full-size laptop, the 12-inch ThinkPad Edge E220s offers an exceedingly compact computing experience matched with an upscale design, marred only by a sub-par battery life.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X220 packs in a new Intel Core i5 CPU, and can run all day (depending on how you use it). With a 12.5-inch display, this is just a bit smaller than a 13-inch laptop, and feels like an excellent compromise for frequent travelers.
The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon claims to be the world's lightest 14-inch laptop, and it has a premium feel that few ultrabooks can match.
The T400s is the lightest 14-inch ThinkPad yet from Lenovo--just be ready to pay for the convenience.
Anyone looking for the power of a midsize laptop in a compact 12-inch body has only a few choices, and none to date tops Lenovo's excellent ThinkPad X201.
The budget-minded small-business-targeted Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 14 does its job as a solidly-performing laptop and finally throws in a DVD drive, but it's a bit too chunky in its larger size compared to svelte competitors.
Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet packs the best of Google's Android 3.1 into a durable, Enterprise-ready, 10-inch tablet.
With a relatively affordable starting price and a new design, the ThinkPad Edge loosens up the ThinkPad look--but losing an optical drive keeps it a yard short of being a top-choice compact business laptop.
The first ultraportable to accommodate Intel's Core Duo processor, the ThinkPad X60s combines blazing performance and incredible battery life with a full feature set and a compact case.
Lenovo ThinkPad X130e Review
The good: The ThinkPad X130e has sturdy, impact-resistant construction that should survive more than a few drops and smacks. Most standard ports are represented on this compact 11-incher, too.
The bad: An outdated look and sluggish performance can't match what faster laptops and ultrabooks offer; ThinkPad legacy features like the trackpoint feel odd on an educational laptop; and the price is too high for what you get.
The bottom line: The education-targeted Lenovo ThinkPad X130e is a mixed bag of an 11-inch laptop: not exactly inspiring or all that ergonomic, but built like a tank. It's simply not good enough in terms of design, price, or performance to merit serious consideration for most.
Lenovo ThinkPad X130e Specs
Part number: 06222FU
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