Dell designs 10in netbook for Bash Street
Whizz For Atoms
Dell has rolled out a 10in netbook for schools - handy, that, because we don't think too many consumers will fancy its boxy looks.
Dell's Latitude L2100: standard netbook spec
The Latitude 2100 provides a bog-standard netbook spec based around Intel's 1.6GHz N270 Atom processor.
Safe from grubby mitts?
Schoolboys are clearly the target audience as the Dell includes a "clean bottom" that's "vent-free to avoid any intrusion".
Dell's also offering an optional anti-bacteria keyboard to keep the laptops safe from whatever the mucky Molesworths may chuck at it. Chizz.
Down with Skool
Buy it with XP, buy it with Vista or buy it with Ubuntu, you also get a choice of three- or six-cell battery. The three-cell version weighs in a 1.32kg (2.9lb).
Prices start at $369 in the US or
£314 £290 over here - though that's minus VAT. ®
Is it toughened? I actually work in as an IT tech in a secondary school, and I know one thing for sure: a small minority of children just love to rip the keys off laptops. And the scissor mechanism and the rubber domes from underneath, totally wrecking them. Lack of an optical drive is nice, because they occasionally get vandalised too.
I'm also of the opinion that the computers only belong in actual IT (schools call it ICT) lessons. There are a few studies out there supporting the idea that computer-based learning is A Bad Thing. And that's in the rare moments when the little darlings aren't just playing brain-dead Flash games, or looking at pictures of motorbikes, mobile phones, shoes, hats or prom dresses.
ODFO! its a goddamn basic laptop and it looks fine for my work even
pirate as just about everyone has hit the good ship netbook Yaaar
I actually like it
And I'm a mac fan. It is plain and lacks fussiness - I am not excited by uber-thin. (still will not be getting one though)
It's not a bad looker IMO
I like the look of it. Not chic, but not hopeless either. At least they avoided the dreaded plastichrome!
From what I see here my only gripe is the price.
it look friteful and kan only mene more WORK for our brave youth chiz mone drone. pass me my ifone i will die like a man.