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