Lenovo ThinkPad X130e delayed until February, early-adopting school districts to blame
We’ll be honest: when Lenovo said it would ship the new student-friendly ThinkPad X130e starting on December 20th, we didn’t actually program an alert in our calendars, reminding us to place our orders on the very first day it became available. But it looks like at least a few you did just that, and were quite taken with this durable 11.6-inch laptop. As it turns out, though, you’ll have to wait a little longer to get yours — Lenovo’s product page is now saying it won’t be available for individual purchase until February. Apparently, it’s because the X130e’s rubber bumper, recessed ports, reinforced hinge and Core i3 / Fusion innards were just too irresistible to educators: a Lenovo rep told us all the early units have been scooped up by hungry school districts, meaning individual students and other fans of inexpensive, ruggedized laptops will have to wait for a later batch.