With the ThinkPad Edge 130, Lenovo released a decent piece of hardware for a reasonable price.
It comes with different CPU options: Intel Pentium 977 being the lower end and Intel Core i3 being the higher end option. With 4GB of RAM and 320GB of Storage (HDD) it serves well enough for most purposes we encounter.
One special thing we like is the upgradability that comes with this laptop. One can change storage, add RAM to the second memory bank or replace broken parts with ease. What's fascinating about this model is the 63Wh battery Lenovo chose to deliver as a standard power souce at that low price point.
Dell Latitude 11 3150, 11.6 inch, 1350 grams (2.98 lbs) Designed for primarily for the education sector, the Dell Latitude 3150 is a mini affordable laptop with latest Bay-Trail M processors. The processor choices include Pentium N3540 and Celeron N2840. The Celeron is a dual-core processor clocked at 2.16GHz with Burst technology support up to 2.58GHz. The Pentium is a quad-core processor with the same base frequency, but it can reach 2.66GHz with its Burst technology. The toughened construction includes a rubberized LCD and the base trim absorbs shock for superior drop protection. The solid state drive is designed without spinning parts, so it can withstand accidental drops and bumps.
HP Elitebook 820 G2, 12.5 inch, 1340 grams (2.95 lbs) The HP Elitebook 820 G2 is another business oriented laptop that's thin and light and mobile in and out of the office. So for business there's proven enterprise technologies, security (TPM, vPro etc), performance, and management features that will meet its needs. There's various cpu, storage and RAM (up to 16GB) options to configure.
HP Stream 11.6, 11.6 inch, 1300 grams (2.87 lbs) The HP Stream 11.6-Inch and 13.3-inch notebooks are raising the bar on the cloud-based windows PC category that HP and Microsoft created last year with new slimmer designs, vibrant colors (again) and the addition of Intel processors (again!). It is in the market to compete with low cost Chromebooks. In regard to connectivity it features Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi b/g/n.
Acer Aspire E11-131, 11.6 inch, 1290 grams (2.84 lbs) The original Acer Aspire E11 was a nice entry-level fanless laptop competing with the HP Stream 11 and ASUS X205. The Braswell (Intel Atom 2015 version for entry-level laptops) upgrade will give the E11 an good GPU boost along with a small CPU boost. Efficiency should be a little better too but the difference won't be that much. See the note below on CPU
Dell Chromebook 11 ( 2015), 11.6 inch, 1245 grams (2.74 lbs) Dell's new for 2015 education sector focused Chromebook 11 is lightweight, comes in 3 flavours - 2/4GB RAM and touch and non-touch screens. It's built for daily school and college life having a reinforced hinge so should more able to survive drops and spills. It has a claimed battery life of up to a 10 hours but this is supported by a high capacity battery (43Whr).
Lenovo N21 Chromebook, 11.6 inch, 1290 grams (2.84 lbs) It's a rugged, durable and designed for education Chromebook say Lenovo in the blurb. What they mean is it's drop resistant, built to withstand bumps and accidental drops from up to 2.3feet/70cm with a stronger, thicker rear cover and a frame
around the screen, sides and corners to absorb the force of bumps.
Nexian Chromebook, 11.6 inch, 1500 grams (3.31 lbs) For the Indian market to help push Chrome OS in Asia.
Gmail Offline and Google Docs let you keep working when you?re not connected to the internet. The 4200 mAh battery gives up to 8 hours.
Designed for educational and business purposes.
Similar to the Xolo Chromebook and others!
Acer Aspire V3-111P (43BC), 11.6 inch, 1390 grams (3.06 lbs) The Acer Aspire V 11 Touch features the smart new FlowCurve design - somewhat different from traditional notebooks, in profile at least. No fans so its whisper-quiet and runs cool. Claimed 7 hours of battery life.
ASUS X200MA (-US01T-BL), 11.6 inch, 1300 grams (2.87 lbs) The ASUS X200MA is a budget touchscreen notebook running on Intels BayTrail-M Celeron N2815 processor. It sports 4GB of RAM and 500GB of HDD Storage. In terms of connectivity you are limited to the WiFi b/g/n and Ethernet port, Bluetooth is not included in this package. Port wise it offers a USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, and an SDXC card slot. We miss Bluetooth and would have loved to see WiFi a or ac being included. The touch enabled screen has a resolution of 1366x768.
ASUS K200MA (K200MA-DS01T), 11.6 inch, 1360 grams (3 lbs) The ASUS K200MA is a budget touchscreen notebook running on Intels BayTrail-M Celeron N2830 processor. It sports 4GB of RAM and 500GB of HDD Storage. In terms of connectivity you are limited to the WiFi b/g/n and Ethernet port, Bluetooth is not included in this package. Port wise it offers a USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, and an SDXC card slot. We miss Bluetooth and would have loved to see WiFi a or ac being included. The touch enabled screen has a resolution of 1366x768.