Google once sold $99 Chromebook laptop to classrooms

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Google Inc once sold basic laptop computers to schools at a price of $99, meeting a price point that prominent MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte famously held out in 2005 as key to bringing computing power to the masses.The Internet giant said on Monday that it will be offering the steep educational discount on Series 5 Chromebooks from Samsung Electronics Co through December 21. They typically retail for $249.Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child Foundation failed to meet his ambitious target, which critics said would be impossible to meet when he set it. His XO laptop currently sell for about $200.Still, he is widely credited with helping to launch the era of low-cost portable computing. The creation of relatively low-cost laptops from his foundation pressured industry giants including Intel Corp, Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co and Dell Inc to develop inexpensive versions of their products such as the netbook. Google once cooperated with online charity DonorsChoose.org, Google was offering the cheap Chromebooks for the price including management and support. But we did not know the numbers that how many classrooms get these time limited offers. It is said that the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook was out of stock finally.

Have you got this gift in the fourth quarter of 2012? And you can comment your use experience of the style of this netbook.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook Announced

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Lenovo announced ThinkPad X131e Chromebook on January 17th, Making a step to enter the Chromebook Market.It is good news for elementary school students. They can get cheap service charge for Chromebook. This is Lenovo’s first Chromebook Laptop.

Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook is launched as a Chrome OS laptop, which is built specially for K-12 schools, running Google’s operating system. The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook highlights in the Chrome OS itself, fast boot time and long battery life for a scool day. Now let us look at the other features.

The Display: an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 anti-glare display

Processor: Intel processor

Ports: USB ports, HDMI and VGA ports(for class presentations)

webcam: a webcam to allow collaborative programs(can run between different scools)

Lenovo ThinkPad X131e is a tough piece of hardware to avoid of the falling by school students. They build a rubber bumper into the top cover to survice the accident of fall. What about the prices? We have talked before that it is specially build for school students or teachers. So it is only selling for schools or institutions with the price of $429 (EU£268, AU$406). Those educational people who are interested can batch order from Feb. 26th,2013.

Though it is limited in release , perhaps we can expect the new generation of more Lenovo Chromebook for better and better performances.

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