A visit to BETT, and the Lenovo X121E

We visited BETT this week– it’s a big, London-based technology expo for education.  It is primarily vendor booths and stands with a wide range of updated products.

The best thing we saw there was a new-to-us Lenovo laptop option.  It’s X121E  (terrible name):


Why did we find this exciting?  Well, it has the same light size and weight (3 lbs) of the atom-based Lenovo netbooks (like the S205 we like), but it has an Intel I3 chip, options for configuration, and longer battery life options (up to 9.5 hours).  It also appears to have a slightly better build quality, and the same high quality Lenovo keyboard that we like.  The big deal, however, is that the base model might be had for around £400 each, which is only around £120 more than the Atom-based S205, so we are getting close to a full-powered laptop (and not a netbook) in a great size and weight category, for well under £500.  (Compared to the 11 inch Macbook air, which comes in at around £900 a pop).

Other things at BETT– not much.  There’s a new Epson Brightlink model that can mount even closer to the wall and can support two interactive pens at once (not a bad idea).  We also scoped out imaging and management software for Windows machines from RM (expensive).  We looked at tech-supporting furniture (mostly boring).  We tried to talk to Google personnel, but they were too busy, but they did serve us test tubes filled with fruity smoothies in Google colors (gimmick).  The Dell display was pretty disappointing– I still don’t like the new plastics and designs of the latest Latitude laptops, and they didn’t have an all-in-one to show off.  We checked out follow-me printing, but the add-ons for existing printers/copiers were spendy, and I don’t think the concept would fit in at our school.

So, another week passes…


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