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Netbooks: XO, Intel, Asus EEE Usability Test

Nov 02, 2010, 12:33 (0 Talkback[s])


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"Constance Sibanda, from Rhodes University, conducted a field study usability test on the intuitiveness of three different netbooks geared towards educational environments: the XO, Intel's Classmate, and the Asus EEE PC. The test was conducted at three different schools in the Grahamstown district in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, which is in close proximity to Rhodes University. There were six participants total with one teacher and one "learner" from each of the three schools. The teachers were inscrtucted to choose learners from there classes, which were between the grade levels of eleven and 12. According to the study, the teachers choose students who were deemed the most responsible. (22)

"Because of the grade levels of the participants, the XO, not surprisingly, was not well received. Most of the participants referred to it as a "toy" and one of the participants ended up giving it to his youngest sister. The learners seemed to like the Intel Classmate, while the teachers like the Asus EEE the best for various personal preferences."

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