Sunday, January 20, 2008

Not quite $100 laptop roadtested

We had a real live version of the kiddies laptop in the Thomas household this week for evaluation purposes. There is a whole trend emerging for low-cost, solid-state, linux-driven personal portable computers, no hard-drive required. We got our hands on the rugged XO laptop this week which is aimed at 6-12 year olds. The keyboard is kiddie sized and not suitable for touch typing by adults, but quite adequate for the hunt-and-peck school of geeks. At about $188 the machine is remarkably capable with WiFi, net browsing and a whole suite of software including games. We were not sure whether we were looking at a production version but the user interface needed some polishing on 'our' machine.
You can read all about it here.

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