Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Jan 2013 23:36 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Meet the new ThinkPad X131e Chromebook: A fast booting, highly customizable laptop PC built with rugged features for the daily rigors of K-12 education. The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook simplifies software and security management for school administrators and provides students and teachers with quick access to thousands of apps, education resources and storage." Lenovo is the third OEM to jump into ChromeOS. Chromebooks have been doing well on Amazon, apparently, too. Android tablets, iPads, the Mac, and now Chromebooks - it must be rainy in Redmond.
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by bnolsen on Fri 18th Jan 2013 00:32 UTC in reply to "..."
bnolsen
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2006-01-06

If it's cheaper than the windows tax one, then replacing chromeos with a linux distro makes this a good option.

Also I wonder if chromeos isn't easier to secure and lockdown for use than a normal windows install.

Btw I recently got a x130e off the lenovo outlet. The keyboard is just amazing on these things.

Edited 2013-01-18 00:35 UTC

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by Doc Pain on Fri 18th Jan 2013 07:46 in reply to "RE: ..."
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

Btw I recently got a x130e off the lenovo outlet. The keyboard is just amazing on these things.


Looking at the keyboard, there are few things that I've noticed:

1. Even though it claims to run some Android OS, why does it come with a "Windows" advertising key?

2. There is no "Insert" key, only "Delete" at the top right.

3. The "inverted T" cursor block looks a bit strange, especially in regards of the "Page Up" and "Page Down" keys. Isn't that unergonomic or at least uncomfortable?

4. It has a "Fn" key, but no key labels for the numeric block "additional layout" which can be addressed by Fn + letters of the right keyboard half. Also, no "Num Lock" key.

5. No "Scroll Lock" and "Pause / Break" keys.

6. Instead a "Print Screen" key between the right "Alt" and "Ctrl" keys, where usually the context menu key (which is also missing) is placed.

I can only assume that this deviation from default keyboard capabilities has been considered "in line with the software and the purpose of the device", so it's not a major limitation for its future users:

http://googleenterprise.blogspot.de/2013/01/for-schools-new-lenovo-...

Maybe it's safe to assume that the future users won't be typing much, especially not higher amounts of numbers, so probably everything is fine.

I'm fully aware of the fact that I'm a keyboard nazi, and I see things nobody else can see. :-)

Image for reference:

http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/img_lib/portals/ps/educ...

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by bnolsen on Fri 18th Jan 2013 13:01 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

I dunno. I use teminals and vim/elvis so these "extraneous" keys aren't so important to me. I much prefer this pgup/pgdn configuration for web browsing use. The keyboard feel and typing speed I can get is the same as my ergo keyboards, that's what matters.

Seems like your keyboard nazi stuff is all about the fluff and not about choosing applications that properly leverage keyboard usage.

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