Excerpt: The ThinkPad X130e takes the lessons Lenovo learned in the business market and pulls them together into a rugged mini notebook designed for students. Lenovo built on the small frame of the ThinkPad X130e, adding features to help the X130e stand up to the abuses of K-12 classrooms. While there is a major focus on the iPad in classrooms, the X130e is better suited for young users who are more likely to drop the notebook or spill something on it.
Pros: Rugged design, Long battery life, Good performance for education
Summary: Laptop for Students. The new Lenovo X130e is designed for students who need a reliable notebook with long battery life. ThinkPad is famous for their amazing build quality, but their models are also known to have a few weak points. So read our in-depth review to find out more about the ThinkPad X130e.
Pros: Excellent workmanship, Long battery life, Matte display, Low power consumption, Great input devices, Fair price, Despite the low price, the small X130e is still high-quality and robust like its bigger siblings of the ThinkPad family.
Cons: Restricted performance, Backlight is too weak, No USB 3.0, Cooler fan always running, Please Lenovo: give the notebook a brighter display! With its current brightness, the laptop is not easy to use outdoors.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad X130e is a semi-rugged netbook, outfitted with enough padding to survive the day-to-day dings of traveling across campus or running from terminal A to B.
Pros: Semi-rugged exterior will stand up to backpack bumps. Full-sized, comfortable keyboard. Bluetooth. AMD E-300 APU offers good everyday processing and graphics performance. Integrated hard drive accelerometer.
Conclusion: The poky performance of the ThinkPad X130e makes us hesitant to recommend it for most general consumers, unless you really need the rugged capabilities on a compact, sub-$500 machine. A mainstream budget laptop will offer much better speed and a more comfortable screen and keyboard for around the same price. But for K-12 institutions that need to furnish a classroom with cheap, rugged machines, the X130e is up to the task.
Pros: Very low price, Very solid build quality, Optional anti-theft security features, Long battery life
Cons: Sluggish performance, Screen, keyboard, and touch pad feel cramped
Conclusion: The ThinkPad X130e is an interesting little laptop, it certainly fits well as a computer for kids in the elementary school age group due to its durable design, nice keyboard and battery life long enough to last a school day. The X130e performance is so-so with the AMD E-300, it’s well suited for everyday work tasks but beyond that you’re going to be limited in the applications it can run well.
Summary: When it goes on sale in February, the $495 Lenovo ThinkPad X130e will be more than capable for elementary school students. While its performance isn't off the charts, it's more than capable for basic tasks such as word processing and surfing the Web, and its keyboard is excellent. We wish its touchpad were larger, but the trackpoint makes up for that deficiency. Its rugged features will be especially welcome to school IT departments.
School kids probably won't go crazy for the X130e, but it's a solid little laptop with a can-do attitude
Good Gear Guide.au
5 March 2012
Summary: The ThinkPad X130e is a tough little laptop that's been designed for the education sector. It's comfortable to type on, possesses good battery life and has enough power under the hood for multi-tasking and running typical productivity applications. That said, we'd like to see it with a Core i3 CPU and 4GB as standard for the asking price.
Pros: Sturdy build, Good keyboard, Matte screen
Cons: Touchpad not great, Lid can be hard to open, Core i3 and 4GB RAM not standard