RM to push new HP sub-laptop to schools
Good things come in small packages
RM has been signed up as HP’s only UK distie for its 2133 Mini-Note laptop intended for the education market.
The firm said that it has tied up an “exclusive partnership” to supply schools and colleges across Blighty with HP's dinky new sub-notebook.
The computer giant launched the machine, which rivals the Asus Eee PC, earlier this week. RM will begin selling the unit in May in the UK and Ireland with a price tag of around £299.
RM started flogging the Asus sub-notebook to school kids across the land last November.
RM CEO Tim Pearson claimed: “Low-cost, high capability computing devices like the HP Mini-Note mean that educational establishments can realistically aim for one computer per student.”
In related RM news, the company on Monday acquired a 25 per cent stake in Inclusive Technology Ltd, which supplies special educational needs and early years' products and services in the UK.
Financial terms of the deal were kept secret. ®
RM to push New Laptop
£299 is NOT a cheap laptop, only pressure from many external sources saw RM lower their inflated prices for the Asus machine, which they had the gall to call the RM eeePc!
Expect no favours from RM, they will say NO even before you have thought of any thing remotely original to do with anything they provide!
Re: £300 is not a cheap laptop
Flocke Kroes wrote:
"XO has a screen you can read in sunlight, stands a reasonable chance of surviving being dropped, does not make you a target for muggers and is far cheaper."
The XO is also one of the slowest machines to boot up and launch applications that I've used in a long time.
Add in the fact that the Sugar interface will not be easily integrated with the rest of the school's IT framework (different applications, no email client, default web browser doesn't cope well with media rich sites, different ideas about file systems, etc) and it's not really a sensible solution.
>RM: Ripping off our education establishments since 1977.
Absolutely and its very depressing to see Inclusive Tech getting into bed with RM, start of a slippery slope.