Computers that can survive intercontinental flights, military training and aggressive airport baggage handlers apparently are no match for six-year-olds in academic settings. The durability of a computer hasn’t been tested until a gang of elementary school kids are done with it.
Lenovo, the China-based multinational PC computer company, and Pennsylvania-based Advanced Workstations in Education (AWE), which develops educational workstations for libraries, schools and childcare facilities in the United States, have both released computers that are meant to be built kid-tough.
Lenovo boasts that its ThinkPad X130e laptop computer has a reinforced and extra durable cover, keyboard and hinges that can overcome the wear and tear of being used by youngsters. AWE has a bigger screen waiting to be poked and a breakaway headphones cord for users with short attention spans who suddenly remember something important.
“At Lenovo ThinkTank 2011 we brought hundreds of distinguished educators together, and the resounding feature CIOs told us that ranks highest on their list of features important for PC purchases is ‘ruggedness’”, said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, in a press release. “While we’ve built tough products for years that pass many military-grade tests, we’ve made specific improvements required for a laptop to be successful in an education environment with the ThinkPad X130e.”
AWE recently had two of its kid-tough computers put to the test at the Branigan Library in Las Cruces, New Mexico by a crew of youngsters.
“I think it’s pretty cool that they considered the kids with the computers”, said Kimberly Canpos, the mother of some youngsters trying out the computers.
While both companies are proud of the toughness of their machines, they also insist that the computers also provide high-quality learning experiences.
Even 6-year-old Joseph Aguilar provided a testimonial. “It did teach me my numbers”.