Lenovo ThinkPad X130e Laptop overview.
We looked at the Lenovo ThinkPad X130e Laptop version of the X130e and found it to supply adequate power for basic office applications, Web browsing and image editing, but it’s a dual-core, 1.2GHz processor that will struggle if more demanding tasks are required. It’s not great for editing photos with lots of effects and filters, nor can it be used efficiently for media encoding and video editing. In addition to the Celeron 857 CPU, the notebook has 4GB of RAM, integrated Intel HD graphics and a 500GB, 5400rpm hard drive.
Battery life can be prolonged by using these low brightness levels, to the point where Lenovo claims an entire school day’s worth of life. For our tests, we use maximum brightness, enable Wi-Fi, disable power management and loop an Xvid-encoded video. The 5.16 amp-hour battery lasted 4hr 32min in this test, which is quite a good result for a small laptop with decent processing power.
The battery is removable and a SIM slot can be accessed once it’s removed, though there was no 3G modem in our test model to work with this. Wireless networking is facilitated by a Broadcom adapter that supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies.
Physically, the laptop looks much like a typical ThinkPad, which we’re not sure kids will like, but it is available in different colours, which may help. It’s designed to military spec standards for durability and it feels quite tough. Lenovo says it has reinforced ports and a stronger bezel, hinges and corners than previous school laptops. There is a rubber, overlapping bumper around the screen, which helps protect the corners and edges from impact, but it also makes the latch-less screen a little hard to open. The lid itself feels very strong and it takes quite a bit of force before any puddling shows up on the screen. The hard drive is protected by a motion sensor that parks the heads whenever excessive movement is detected. Its action is evident while watching movies and then moving the laptop, which will cause the video to stutter. It’s set to high sensitivity by default, but it can be adjusted.