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 question on every reader's mind: can the buyer expect a real ThinkPad for less than 500 Euros? After all, even the predecessor, X121e , showed one or two flaws when we looked closer. The X130e is a different story: even when compared to far more expensive laptops, the workmanship quality is amazing .
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
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.
Pros: Trackpoint included for navigation, Durable design, Comfortable keyboard, Long battery life
Cons: Small touchpad, Display brightness below average
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
19 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