Lenovo will distribute its new ThinkPad X130e laptop to more than 60,000 Australian students in 2012.
The move follows a recent educational trend and comes not long after Honywood Community Science School in Essex spent over £500,000 of its budget to give an iPad 2 to each of its 1,200 students, while 520 top-end Apple tablets were given to Yale medical students this autumn.
Developed in cooperation with the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities, the ruggedised laptop is aimed specifically at students from the age of four until they finish school.
Weighing less than 1.8kg, the 11.6-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X130e features a rubber cover that absorbs impact, "33% stronger" edges, a tougher bezel and hinges and recessed ports to keep them protected.
It also comes with an Intel Celeron or i3 processor, up to 500GB of storage, wireless connectively, multimedia tools, and a six-cell battery that has up to eight and a half hours of battery life.
"The school environment requires high-durable and well-performing laptops, with all-day battery life," Dianne Marshall from the NSW Department of Education and Communities, said in a statement.
"Lenovo has combined these features in the specially designed ThinkPad X130e and tailored it to meet the needs of students and schools."
The Lenovo ThinkPad X130e is the world's first value laptop to pass military specifications for durability.
Earlier this month Down Under, the Queensland Department of Education and Training announced it will deploy the Acer Aspire 1830T notebook to 65,000 school students in the state by the end of the year.
In 2009 Lenovo won a deal worth AUS$150 million to supply laptops to teachers and secondary school students.