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Includes a convertible Yoga branded Chromebook, toughened for use in schools

Lenovo has this week introduced a pair of new Chromebooks aimed at the education customer. The 11e series Chromebook will be available in two form factors; a traditional clamshell laptop and in its convertible Yoga form. Since Lenovo is aiming the 11e series – also available with Windows 8.1 – at schools, they're toughened up to deal with the added stress – and inevitable drops – that they're likely to be subjected to. 

The regular 11e comes with an 11.6-inch HD LED display, while the 11e Yoga will have an IPS touchscreen panel with wider viewing angles for when you're using it in convertible mode. We're told to expect around 8 hours battery life from each model, which is perfect for getting someone through the school day. Both will be available to purchase from this spring, with pricing starting at $349. The full press release, including details of the Windows 8.1 variants is right after the break. 

ORLANDO, FLand RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC –January 29, 2014: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced at the Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC), the ThinkPad 11e series of laptops, designed specifically for education and ruggedized for classroom performance. Thin and light, these purpose-built devices offer education administrators the durability necessary to succeed in the hands of K-12 students and the flexibility to meet the increasingly changing needs of their technology demands. The ThinkPad 11e series is available in two form factors: traditional laptop or Lenovo’s innovative Yoga multimode form with four unique positions: laptop, tablet, tent and stand. The ThinkPad Yoga 11e devices offer students a system that can adapt to their needs based on the application or the content they are working with.

The ThinkPad 11e series provides students, educators and administrators with an intuitive, easy-to-manage rugged device. Sometimes kids drop their laptops. Sometimes kids throw their backpacks with their laptops in them. Features like rubber bumpers, reinforced ports, and stronger hinges are included to protect the system from the hustle and bustle of the classroom. The 11.6-inch HD LED antiglare screen on the traditional laptop provides a clear display in any environment. The ThinkPad Yoga 11e devices have an IPS wide viewing angle touchscreen displays. Each device is powered by an Intel® processor – fast boot times mean that classes can begin quickly without delay, and all day-long battery life allow students to breeze through classes without switching to alternative power. Top cover LEDs indicate wireless connectivity, laptop power or sleep mode to help teachers ensure consistent student activity.

“We have a proven track record of designing laptops and tablets built to last in education environments. With the new ThinkPad 11e devices, we’re raising the bar with new form factors,” said Jerry Paradise, executive director of product marketing, ThinkPad Product Group, Lenovo. “I’m very excited that Lenovo is able to offer a device that’s not only rugged enough for the classroom but also flexible enough to adapt to the many ways technology can be incorporated into the overall learning experience.”

The ThinkPad Yoga 11e and the ThinkPad 11e offer an excellent Windows experience in education.
With optional applications like LanSchool and webNetwork, these devices become excellent solutions for IT administrators by adding simple, reliable classroom management and access to files and applications from any device. Intel® Education Software helps students develop 21st century skills through rich, interactive applications and is also optionally available for these devices. On the ThinkPad Yoga 11e, Yoga Modes in Lenovo Settings recognizes when the user switches modes and allows apps to adapt for the best experience.

The ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook and the ThinkPad 11e Chromebook make it possible for any school district with an internet connection to deploy a 1:1 computing program. These laptops are fast, simple, secure, always up-to-date and offer more than eight hours of battery life – ideal for the classroom. They are also easy to manage – ideal for administrators.

Customization options are also available to meet the unique needs of schools so students and educators can easily manage their devices, including asset tagging, BIOS modifications, laser engraving and custom imaging. Color options include Graphite Black or Silver.

“In CDW-G’s work helping K-12 customers adapt technology to support new requirements like Common Core and digital curriculum, we see many schools struggle with choosing the right device for students to carry,” said Julie Smith, vice president for K-12 education, CDW-G. “Lenovo’s new ThinkPad 11e devices will help make that decision easier as they enable students to use them in various ways and can eliminate the need to carry multiple devices.”

Pricing and Availability The ThinkPad 11e series of devices will be available this spring from Lenovo business partners and on www.lenovo.com. Pricing for the ThinkPad Yoga 11e and ThinkPad 11e models starts at $449. Pricing for the ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook and ThinkPad 11e Chromebook models starts at $349.

 
There are 93 comments

I want 4 of them. Now.

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MartyDel says:

Me likey.

(Second) !!!

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JimBen73 says:

Looks promising

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pgg101 says:

Pretty smart. Start off with students to get then familiar with the Lenovo brand, eventually when they start working, they will likely move to a Lenovo Windows machine.

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Jay Holm says:

Windows? Perhaps you meant Android, Lenovo did buy the Android smartphone manufacturer Motorola recently.

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TheMimic12 says:

They do still make windows PCs.

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Jay Holm says:

What is "Windows PCs" that sounds so 90s-ish.

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Zig261 says:

Really, people don't use Windows PCs anymore?

What else do they use now? ;)

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s2weden2000 says:

Windows is the most popular and widely supported system...

... ( 0ppo F5) ...

-V- says:

LOL...that's because it's practically has been the only supported system in the past 3o years.

However, there is a new system that is taking over. It's the web, powered by cloud technologies. That's because it's cheaper, faster, and hassle-free. Windows PCs are in biiiiiiiiig trouble. That's the beauty of Chromebooks. LOL..you can create Microsoft Office documents (in native Office format) on it.

TheMimic12 says:

Wait? You mean that I don't have to buy a computer with Windows on it?? What is this, the 21st century?

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Jay Holm says:

It's called a Chromebook.

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hodan says:

They've been making Android handsets for a while.

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Zig261 says:

My old High School issued us Lenovo laptops throughout all 4 yearz and they are crap. They always broke down. This was in 2008-2012.

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hodan says:

Lol. Everything a teenager touches...breaks.

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wolff1010 says:

Not true!

quailallstar says:

I feel old now... Lol class of 2000!

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gmaninvan says:

Hell ya! We were the class of 00'. By far the coolest grad year number.

I beg to differ... Class of 007 is by far the best adaptation to a generation fitted for technical savvy. Oh and Google ftw.

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MERCDROID says:

This is hardly a move to make students ready for Windows.

Think about why Google sold Motorola: so that there'd be no more conflict of interest with the Android OEMs.

Right now, Microsoft is experiencing that exact same conflict of interest: they've introduced the Surface line of products (2nd Gen, now) and just bought Nokia.

This is Lenovo's first move AWAY from Windows. And, they're playing it smart: cater to the education segment, first, because they're more likely to purchase mass quantities of their Chromebooks. Then, they'll likely cater to the consumer, if they debut a Chromebook later this year.

That's my opinion, anyway.

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LeroyRJR says:

Specially since Lenovo can design the schools intranet/server set to work with said chromebooks, with less issues than a winfail system

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Notajediyet says:

This is a key issue. Chrome is perfect for most educational uses: research, simple word processing, media, hangouts, email, calendars, etc. It all syncs with Google too; since many schools use Google for education suites. Also: a chrome book is less likely to be hacked, have rogue software or viruses put on it, everything is stored cloud-side (easy access outside our school or by staff) has no software to install, auto updates, and it can be powerwashed if it so has a single problem.

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-V- says:

LOL...why? Makes no sense whatsoever.

Darth Spock says:

Kinda sexy....

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yankeesusa says:

Google has a promising future with chromebook line.

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Jay Holm says:

Yep! Down with Microsoft! Lol!

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Zig261 says:

90% of the world's population uses Microsoft. Android nor Chrome will NEVER be a desktop OS as powerful as Windows.

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pgg101 says:

Yup. I work in finance, and specialised software for our industry is only made for Windows. MS will remain king in the desktop world.

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castigs says:

"specialised [sic] software" is caveat that there...Microsoft will remain the king of that world but for the vast majority of home users and a majority of business users there's no need for a bloated OS anymore. Don't take your specific niche needs and project them on everyone else.

s2weden2000 says:

Except ..mAc is the niche in this case

... ( 0ppo F5) ...

That is the correct way to spell specialised

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MERCDROID says:

For the foreseeable future, Microsoft will remain king, in the enterprise market.

But, last time I checked, neither Suzy nor Ashley need enterprise applications to update their statuses on Facebook.

Full-blown Windows isn't needed to just browse the Web, either.

Chromebooks serve their purpose well: They provide a hassle-free gateway to the Internet. Nothing more or less.

And, to the people that say (or will say) it's "just a browser," when was the last time you saw someone buy a computer specifically to work offline?

Just my 2 cents.

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scottyhifi says:

Well said. Not to mention the title of the article which includes "aimed at education". Lenovo is already one of top selling business PCs. This one is specifically, and please correct me if I am wrong, aimed at education.

MERCDROID says:

Unless we're both drunk, the article does indeed say that.

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eahinrichsen says:

In the headline, no less.

gmaninvan says:

I think what you are missing is that it doesn't have to be as powerful as windows.

That 90% you mentioned? I would say that probably 70% of that 90% are consumers who use their computers for

- email
- browsing
- banking
- basic office
- social networking

chromebooks actually serve this purpose better as they don't have all the bloat.

The remaining customers, business mainly, will not be able to switch if they have specialized software. It is also worth noting that software is moving to SAAS cloud based applications more and more. Not only does it allow software vendors to target multiple platforms with one code base, it also reduces pirating and makes proper usage metrics simpler.

-V- says:

The majority of all businesses in America is small business. Small business really have no need for PC's because Microsoft licenses are just too expensive in terms of overall costs. Chromebooks are perfect for small business because they really don't have any need for Microsoft Office formatting. However, in the case they do need Office formatting documents, Microsoft Office Online, provides that free solutions.

A small business can literally buy ten $250 Chromebooks and be on par on the latest web/computing technologies for the next 10 years because of the hassle-free and light updates to the Chrome OS and browser.

Just think about it. A business PC running 12 year old Windows XP can run Chrome 32 right now and have access to online accounting, Google Docs or Microsoft Office Online, and various web apps NOW.

z0phi3l says:

I'd normally agree with you, but at work, a LARGE multinational, some employees that interface with customers are getting tablets, mainly Android and iPads, and the rare Surface or convertible, businesses are starting to move away from being 100% MS, and smartly so, even if it makes my job a bit harder

Windows on PC is so powerful it is actually possible to run both Android and Chrome OS in it simultaneously and the amount of tinkering which is possible in Windows is something which android(though highly customisable) can never match I am afraid

TheMimic12 says:

There's no doubt there will be a need for windows. The power to run virtualized operating systems can also be done in Linux and Mac OS X.
The power to do it is also more or less dependent on hardware. A Windows-powered netbook probably can't do that.
Oh, well. Some people still need Windows.

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gmaninvan says:

Are you actually calling Windows more customizable than Android?! HAhahahahahahahahaahahaha

That is really good. That made my day

Android is BY FAR the most versatile operating system in the world. That is why it is put in everything. Your 'tinkering' is minimal compared to what you can build in android. It is limitless.

3165dwayne says:

You're definitely wrong if you are comparing android to Windows desktop. I'm sure you know of registry edits at least. Windows is definitely more customizable and far more powerful than Android. You would have to compare windows to a Linux distribution for that to be a fair comparison. Hey, get this. I can hook up your Android tablet to my windows tablet and hack and root the heck out of it. Is the reverse ever true?

bleached says:

Send us a link to the Windows Source Code so we can customize it. We will wait...

Zig261 says:

Really, not everyone has access to the internet 24/7.

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MERCDROID says:

What's your point? The people that don't have access to the Internet, more than likely, won't purchase a Chromebook. Problem solved.

Seriously, why do you care? If you don't want one, don't buy one. But, as stores are CONSTANTLY out of stock, I can honestly say that millions of people disagree with your bashing of the platform.

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3165dwayne says:

His point is valid. There are those that like the platform but can't really commit to it because of little problems like that. It sounds like honest constructive criticism that Google should probably take into consideration and improve upon in order to gain more customers. It's simply a difference in opinion, he wasn't trolling or anything like that, calm down.

MERCDROID says:

Ok, I'm calm. Thanks, brother.

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QwertyJuan says:

Article says "The ThinkPad Yoga 11e and the ThinkPad 11e offer an excellent Windows experience in education."

What gives?

hodan says:

First, these guys can't write. Second, they're making it with Chrome OS and Windows.

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First, that isn't the article, that's the press release as is clearly pointed out. Second, yes, there's two versions also clearly stated.

MERCDROID says:

C'mon... Like you've never made a mistake, lol

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NoNexus says:

Go Motorola!

too soon?

tdizzel says:

Motorola Thinkpad Yoga X?

NoNexus says:

+1

MERCDROID says:

Too soon, lol. Our hearts are still trying to scar the loose tissues, lol.

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TheMimic12 says:

Return of the lap dock?
Lenovo thinkpad lapdock for Motorola smartphone.
I can see it now.

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MERCDROID says:

Now, THAT would be badass.

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TheMimic12 says:

Why do I have a feeling they'll do it

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MERCDROID says:

I'd definitely be open to it.

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TheMimic12 says:

I never said I'd be opposed.

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MERCDROID says:

I know. I was just making a statement.

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cc7211 says:

With Chrome , Not-That-Hard Windows is doomed within 5 years.

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tdizzel says:

I remember hearing this same nonsense when Windows ME came out. If MS can survive that debacle I'm pretty sure they can survive just about anything.

LeroyRJR says:

Don't forget that thing they called vista lol

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MERCDROID says:

So far, Chrome isn't meant to replace Windows, and for the foreseeable future, likely won't.

With the foothold that Microsoft holds in the enterprise market, and the vast amount of enterprise applications available exclusively to the Windows platform, there's NO WAY that Google could possibly even hope to dethrone Windows from business.

But, they can and have been going after the consumer.

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NoNexus says:

Good comments in this thread ol' chap.

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This post approved by the NSA.... at least I hope so.

MERCDROID says:

Thanks, old chap!!

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ISS2 says:

I feel you, but this was the same thing the world was saying about blackberry and business...

NoNexus says:

If Mac can hold on for 30 years with their market share, I am pretty sure that MS will make it through the next 5...

MERCDROID says:

+1

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Sean473 says:

Nothing beats Windows period! Chrome OS sucks monkey balls!

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droidman2177 says:

Yeah, Ok. (sarcasm)

cc7211 says:

Windows is only an OPTICAL ILLUSION, nothing more, nothing less, PERIOD. :)

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flychinook says:

I have a $250 Samsung Chromebook. My wife has a $900 Sony laptop with win 8.1.
Guess which one has continual problems with sleep mode, had to have malware removed, had to have anti-virus installed, and takes longer to load web pages?

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TheMimic12 says:

When will everyone see the light everyone knows that windows is king and chrome is just an optical illusion to spy on the users. Plain and simple nothing beats Microsoft Windows, period.
Who am I kidding?? I can't deal with the fact that I wrote this crap.

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its a great news! when will this come to indian market? what will be the price? i am very eager to buy one of them...
http://suryambika.blogspot.com/

So, people like these but hate the idea of Lenovo owning Motorola. Hmmm. Bunch of dang psychos.
;-)

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mtmerrick says:

People hate what lenovo is probably going to do to Android - everything we've ever seen them do with android is bloated, laggy, locked down, and almost never updated. Also they throw quality of the window fur a budget android device. This is what we're scared they're going to do with Motorola. Their not-ultra-budget hardware, with closed source software they can't modify, is top notch.

Android how?

You must have missed the Chromebook reviews posted here then...

1) buy an Android device
2) ?
3) enjoy

How else?

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I am an Android/Google developer and I am having such a hard time grasping Chrome os, and chromebooks... I even worked with the Google app engine and what I found was disappointment. Can someone please explain to me why chrome books and chrome based tablets would be their choice over android and android/windows hybrids???

Nexogen

flychinook says:

Great Web browsing experience, virtually no malware or viruses, won't slow down, and includes a proper keyboard.

Then again, I don't get the appeal of tablets. So your preferences may vary.

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TimmyB says:

Michael, I am a teacher and tech specialist with a fairly large school district. Our middle school (4 grades, 1300 students) has recently begun a 1-to-1 experience for our students. While we were searching for the "perfect" machine (which doesn't exist, by the way!), we found what teachers were really looking for was: fast startup, long battery life, connectivity, portability, dependability, and the ability for students to create work in multiple formats (word processing, presentation, etc.) It also had to be low enough in price that we could put 30 of them into each classroom.

We considered EVERYTHING, from desktop PC's to laptops to tablets, etc. When we discovered the Chromebooks last spring, it was like a light bulb not only went on, it exploded! For less than $300 per unit (or about $10K per classroom set, including the storage/charging unit), we have ALL of that laundry list.

Do they have shortcomings? As the person responsible for doing most of the troubleshooting, I would say almost none. The hardest part is for the teachers, not the students, because we have a TON of legacy files (docs and presentations, mostly), created in Office, which doesn't (yet) play so nicely with Google Docs and Google Slides. The kids? They couldn't care less! They don't have that legacy.

We are completely flipping our classrooms around, from teacher-driven, all-at-the-same-pace, to learner-driven, fly-at-YOUR-speed! This is the single most exciting thing I have seen in my nearly three decades as an educator. Students are responsible for their own learning! Go figure.

Sorry if this was a bit long-winded, but I wanted you to hear at least one side of the story. (If it helps, I am still on my PC most often, and love my Android phone and tablet, so I am NOT one of those who says "Windows sucks!", or whatever!)

3165dwayne says:

You know, there is one thing that I always wondered about when people say that Chromebooks are good for media. How the heck can that be true if it lacks support for so many media formats? I had one and had to sell it because I couldn't use it for school work or leisure. I then installed Chrubuntu but the mouse pad never worked right even after a couple hacks and it was far too slow even though I used it far more often than I did Chrome OS, not because I disliked Chrome OS, but I as a student needed far more than what Chrome OS offered. The media player also stinks because there is no equalizer. I hope they could possibly work on getting VLC to work on their OS. I actually think that chrome OS needs to be more open. Heck, I think Windows is more open. For these reasons, at least for now, I think an android tablet is far more useful than a Chromebook. Another irritating problem with the Chromebook is that it only uses the chrome browser which doesn't always work right with some sites and this is true of any browser. This is why people often have more than one installed. Remember when Microsoft was super evil and did anything to get Internet Explorer to be the one and only on there OS? Well, what do we have here with Chrome OS? What will they do when it gets more popular? Well, this is what I found when using the Acer C7. Hopefully at least some of these issues have been worked out by now.

mtmerrick says:

I got the Samsung ARM chromebook over the Nexus 10 for college, for one main reason - the desktop version of Google docs/drive, which is way more powerful than any office suite I've ever seen on Android.

lightyear420 says:

If this has a HDD I'll consider it, otherwise I will either go for a refurbished Acer C7 (which does use a HDD) or a windows netbook/mini notebook. I really just want something that is small, portable, lightweight, yet packs enough power to run Ubuntu without a hiccup. With the price these are I could get a C7 with 8gb ram and a 500gb HDD. However, I may consider this if they have a HDD, rather than the (incredibly expensive) SSD most Chromebooks come with. And judging by the fact that they have a Windows counterpart, it may be a safe bet that they do.

DaFonZisBack says:

See? Motorola's king cares about education. A good buyout after all fanboyz

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tigeryee says:

Windows 8 is faster than Windows 7 bootup but I find not all my software is compatible and I don't like the metro interface. It is possible to game on Linux nowadays without many compromises, it is free, not many viruses, and very light. I think I will stick with w7 and ubuntu thanks. Android is a complete mobile OS but I feel that iPads are the best tablets available

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sonnyg85 says:

I definitely getting a chromebook I have a windows laptop for Peachtree and other stuff for my company. I'm just waiting for the next chrome book pixel if there is one if not probably

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sonnyg85 says:

Buy the original pixel love the looks of it and whenever I'm on my laptop I use chrome and it app most the time

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