Lenovo’s latest Chromebooks for the education market include an entry-level Lenovo 100e Chromebook that’s coming in March for $219, and the $269 Lenovo 300e Chromebook and $309 Lenovo 500e Chromebook, which are both already available.

Interesting sidenote: Lenovo’s press release says prices start at $279 for the 300e and $349 for the 500e, but they’re both selling for less at Lenovo.com.

Anyway, while all three laptops feature 11.6 inch displays, the 100e is a clamshell-style device while the other two models both feature 360-degree hinges, touchscreen displays, and pen support.

The Lenovo 500e is the only model of the bunch that actually comes with an EMR stylus for on-screen inking. There’s also a slot in the case for storing the pen when you’re not using it.

But the Lenovo 300e supports “AnyPen” technology, which basically means you can use any pen, pencil, or other object to write or draw on the screen. It probably won’t be as precise as using an active pen, but it should come in handy if you want to write with an object that has a finer tip than your finger.

Each laptop has a spill-resistant keyboard and a ruggedized case to help protect the computers from drops, bumps, and scratches.

Here’s an overview of the specs for each model:

Lenovo 500e Chromebook

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel IPS multitouch display (250 nits)
  • 360 degree hinge
  • Intel Celeron N3450 quad-core processor
  • 4GB or 8GB of RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB of eMMC storage
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 720p webcam
  • 2 USB Type-C ports
  • 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • microSD card reader
  • 42 Wh battery (up to 10 hours)
  • MIL-STD-810G
  • 11.4″ x 8″ x 0.8″
  • 3 pounds
  • Available now for $309 and up

Lenovo 300e Chromebook

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel IPS multitouch display (250 nits)
  • 360 degree hinge
  • MediaTek MTK8173C processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of eMMC storage
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 720p webcam
  • USB Type-A and Type-C ports
  • HDMI
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • microSD card reader
  • 45 Wh battery (up to 10 hours)
  • MIL-STD-810G
  • 11.5″ x 8″ x 0.8″
  • 3 pounds
  • Available now for $269 and up

Lenovo 100e Chromebook

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel TN display (250 nits)
  • clamshell design
  • Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of eMMC storage
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 720p webcam
  • 2 USB Type-C prots
  • 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • microSD card reader
  • 42 Wh battery (up to 10 hours)
  • MIL-STD-810GW
  • 11.4″ x 8″ x 0.8″
  • 2.8 pounds
  • Coming in March for $219 and up



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2 replies on “Lenovo launches Chromebooks with pen and touch for $269 and up”

  1. With Gemini Lake already launched, Apollo Lake should be selling for peanuts now. These manufacturers are certainly making good margins off these laptops. But still, where is Gemini Lake?

  2. I’ve never had a Chromebook so please answer a question for me. Chatting at the Lenova site I was told that you don’t need an internet connection to handwrite on the 500e. Presumably this would be offline in the locked screen mode? Does this limit the writing and sketching capabilities? Can you do this with a Pixelbook and/or Samsung Pro or is this a special new feature?

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