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Lenovo on Thursday announced the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook for schools. Aimed at the K-12 market and up, the laptop is ruggedized with a rubber bumper around the top cover and stronger corners for protection in case it is dropped. The hinges and hinge brackets have been strengthened. The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook will be available to K-12 schools beginning Feb. 26 at $429 through special bid pricing. "I think this could be a pretty attractive option for school districts that are trying to equip their students with the latest technology but doing so at a reasonable cost," said Charles King, principal at Pund-IT Research.
Chromebooks are a good fit for schools, as they are easy to manage, easy to use and start up fast. Google has already had success with Chromebooks in the education market, and Lenovo joining the party will boost that even further.
But what about schools that need access to Windows applications? They can use a third party solution like Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP client that enables Chromebook users to connect to any RDP host, including Terminal Server and VDI virtual desktops, and run Windows applications or desktops in a browser tab.
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