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HP spins a netbook just for schools

Jun 24, 2010, 17:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Angel)

"HP targeted educational markets with its first-ever netbook, the April 2008 Mini-Note 2133 (with a Via C7-M ULV processor, an aluminum shell, and a coated "DuraKeys" keyboard). This year, meanwhile, the company announced the Mini 5102 Student Edition, an Atom N450-based netbook with an integral handle (right) and Adobe Digital School Collection software.

"HP is now adding to its bevy of netbooks with what appears to be an even more serious run at the educational market. The Mini 100e (left) gets rounded corners that remind us of both Apple's original iBook and Intel's competing Classmate.

"The Mini 100e has a carrying handle that appears stronger than the one on the Mini 5102 Student Edition, plus, according to HP, a "spill-resistant" keyboard and metal alloy screen hinges with steel pin axles. (Why can't portable computers for grownups all have these features too?)"

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