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Lenovo Lenovo Thinkpad X131e 6283 Intel Celeron 1007U 1.50GHz Chromebook - 4GB RAM, 16GB Flash Storage, 11.6" LED, Gigabit Ethernet, ThinkPad 11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, Webcam, 6-cell 62.4 Wh Li-Ion
(Intel Celeron 1007U 1.50GHz, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 16GB Flash Storage, 11.6" LED Display, Intel HD Graphics, Webcam, Gigabit Ethernet, ThinkPad 11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, Chrome OS)
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  Great for what it can do,  2013-08-09
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I bought this computer pretty much knowing what it can and can’t do. I use my Windows desktop to do graphic design and other projects that, for now at least, wouldn’t work on a Chromebook, but I wanted a laptop for traveling. I wasn’t crazy about Windows 8, thought a Mac was too expensive for something I wouldn’t use all the time, and still felt more comfortable with a laptop than a tablet.

A Chromebook seemed ideal, but the Pixel cost more than I wanted to pay, and I wasn’t sure how durable the low-end Samsung was. This Lenovo seemed to fit my needs. It is designed for schools to give to students, so sturdiness is a selling point. There are a couple of good video reviews on YouTube; they convinced me that this was the computer I wanted.

Price was a problem, though. I was willing to pay what Lenovo was quoting on its website - between $400 and $450, but that was only for the education market. Some online retailers were carrying this Chromebook - for more than $600, and that was more than I wanted to spend. When I saw it on this store for $449, I snapped it up.

After two months, I’m very happy. This computer certainly feels sturdy, although I’m still pretty careful with it. When I’m not using it, I keep it in a case. It’s not as light as the Samsung or a netbook, but it weighs a lot less than my old Windows laptop.

I’ve used this computer on a couple of trips. It can be a little tricky with some hotels’ Wi-Fi, but it has worked. And I have used it at home much more often than my old laptop simply because it’s so light and fast. It actually is almost a light and definitely a lot faster than my husband’s first-generation iPad.

I use it mostly to surf the Web and check email. It’s also fine for watching videos on YouTube; both the picture and sound seem good to me. Google Docs works well for text documents and spreadsheets. It’s rather cumbersome to load and view photos, but it can be done. I’m still exploring the options available for editing pictures, but they seem pretty basic, nowhere near Photoshop. But perhaps that will change.

One thing I can vouch for: You can work offline to some extent. I used the Chromebook to take notes at a meeting where there was no Wi-Fi, and Google Docs saved my notes. BUT I had to create a document while I had Wi-Fi access; as far as I can tell, you can’t create a new file without Wi-Fi.

I haven’t tried to print from this computer, but I don’t do much of that anyway.

So my advice would be: Decide what you want this computer for. It may not be enough for a primary computer for someone who wants to use a lot of specialized software that isn’t Web-based, but if all you do is surf the Net and read emails, this could well be the computer for you.

I would rate this 4 1/2 stars - 5 for the hardware and 4 for the operating system, which is fast but has limited functionality.

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