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Lenovo ThinkPad X130e's strong hinges, bezel, and cover arrive on December 20th for $469

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Lenovo's ThinkPad X130e has been crafted especially for students with a rubber cover, stronger edges, and a reinforced bezel.

ThinkPad X130e
ThinkPad X130e

We knew Lenovo was prepping the ThinkPad X130e, but what we didn't know was how many rugged features it added to the 11.6-inch system to make it tough enough for students. While the four-pound system isn't Toughbook-grade, it's been updated with a rubber cover that supposedly absorbs bumps, "33 percent stronger" edges, a stronger bezel and hinges, and recessed ports to keep them protected. Like the X120e, it has a chiclet keyboard with curved keys, a good old pointing stick, and a ClickPad with integrated mouse buttons. The X130e has also been upgraded on the inside; it's available with Intel Core i3-2367U or AMD E-300 and E-450 processors, up to 500GB of storage, Lenovo's RapidBoot technology with promises a sub-20 second boot time, and a six-cell battery that claims up to 8.5 hours of battery. Even though it's aimed at the education market, the X130e will be hitting shelves for all on December 20th for a starting price of $469. A bunch of press shots can be found in the gallery below and the full specs of both the AMD and Intel versions now live in our database.