It comes as no surprise then that the cheapest Chromebook on the market - the Lenovo 100E - has its cross-hairs set firmly on the education sector.
At just under $135 at Amazon (roughly £105/AU$ 200), the Lenovo 100E is small, light and surprisingly rugged. Lenovo also claims the machine enjoys a battery life of up to 10 hours, which is pretty much unheard of at this price point.
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It has a small screen (11.6-inch TN HD with anti-glare) with a quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 16GB onboard storage, which can be increased using an SD card.
The power connector is a Type-C model, which means you should be able to use it for data transfer. Add in 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and a surprisingly big 45Whr battery and you have a very decent laptop offering for students.
As a bonus, the 100E also comes with a few top notch durability features. These include reinforced ports and hinges, drop resistance up to 75cm (about 2.5 feet) and a spill resistant keyboard with mechanically anchored keys.
However, we are a little disappointed it doesn’t have more connectivity options. There’s only one USB 3.0 port, one HDMI port and a combo mic/headphone socket.
While Amazon ships globally, you may have to pay additional tax depending on your location.
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