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Three new ChromeOS educations notebooks from Lenovo starting at US$219

This school spent all their budget on the Lenovo 500e and couldn't afford to upgrade their blackboards. (Source: Lenovo)
This school spent all their budget on the Lenovo 500e and couldn't afford to upgrade their blackboards. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo has revealed three updated education Chromebooks for 2018, with the 100e and 300e providing rugged budget friendly options for classrooms, and the 500e adding some style and a pen for older children or university usage.

Chromebooks running Google’s ChromeOS have been making decent progress at building a market share in the classroom. Much of the last two decades have seen computer labs dominated by Windows machines, with some MacOS models thrown in the mix depending on the school region. But Chromebooks have seen increased adoption in schools that are bringing student laptops into non-IT subjects.

To complement Lenovo’s new Windows education notebooks, they have announced three new ChromeOS models, the 100e, 300e, and 500e. Note that the 100e and 300e are also available with Windows 10. All have been MIL-SPEC tested including drop testing up to 29.5 inches and keyboard which can handle up to 330 ml of water spills. The 500e includes a stylus, while all come with Google's G Suite.

Lenovo 100e (ChromeOS)Lenovo 300e (ChromeOS)Lenovo 500e
CPUCeleron N3350 1.1/2.4 GHz 2C/2TMediatek MTK 8173CCeleron N3450 1.1/2.2 GHz 4C/4T
RAM4 GB onboard4 GB onboard
4 GB or 8 GB onboard
Storage32 GB eMMC32 GB eMMC32 or 64 GB eMMC
Screen11.6-inch 1366 x 768 TN 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 IPS touch screen11.6-inch 1366 x 768 IPS touch screen
Battery42 Wh (up to 10 hours)45 Wh (up to 10 hours)42 Wh (up to 10 hours)
Connectivity2 x USB-C
2 x USB3
MicroSD card reader
1 x USB-C
2 x USB3
HDMI
SD card reader
2 x USB-C
2 x USB3
MicroSD card reader
Wireless802.11ac 2 x 2
Bluetooth 4.2
802.11ac 2 x 2
Bluetooth 4.0
802.11ac 2 x 2
Bluetooth 4.2
Dimensions
(W x D x H)
290 x 204 x 20 mm
(11.41 x 8.03 x 0.78 inches)
292 x 204 x 21 mm
(11.49 x 8.00 x 0.83 inches)
290 x 204 x 20 mm
(11.41 x 8.03 x 0.80 inches)
Weight1.25 kg (2.75 pounds)1.35 kg (2.98 pounds)1.35 kg (2.98 pounds)
AvailabilityMarch 2018February 2018January 2018
PriceUS$219US$279US$349

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Lenovo 100e Chromebook. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo 100e Chromebook. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo 300e Chromebook. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo 300e Chromebook. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo 500e Chromebook. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo 500e Chromebook. (Source: Lenovo)

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Craig Ward, 2018-01-23 (Update: 2018-01-23)
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.