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.
Lenovo ThinkPad X130e's strong hinges, bezel, and cover arrive on December 20th for $469
Lenovo's ThinkPad X130e has been crafted especially for students with a rubber cover, stronger edges, and a reinforced bezel.