Lenovo L420 (Green Series)
There remains something to be said about a full sized keyboard accompanied by a large display. Compared with a netbook, the large trackpad with mouse buttons as well as the iconic red trackpoint make for a comfortable navigation experience. Users will also benefit from the dedicated volume and microphone buttons on the side, as our students often need to quickly access these when using media or working on web tools such as VoiceThread or Discovery Education Streaming. One notices the great sound that comes through from the large speaker bar in the center of the machine. Performance is fast through an Intel Core i5, and the machine feels sturdy enough to withstand a serious thumping. All of that comes with a heavier and bulky machine. Storage (cart size) may be an issue, as well as the size of the machine on a traditionally small student desk.
Lenovo E420 (EDGE)
It will be interesting to see which direction 1:1 initiatives eventually follow, or whether we'll continue to see more divergent paths as iPads, Android Tablets, Slates, and lightweight notebooks all fight for a place in education.
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