HP Debuts Mini Notebooks for Schools
HP has launched a new line of mini notebooks designed specifically for schools. The new 2133 Mini-Note PCs, which were announced Tuesday, weigh in just above 2.5 pounds and start a hair below $500. They're aimed largely toward students for school and home use.
"Education shouldn't end at the bell," said Jeri Callaway, vice president and general manager of HP's Personal Systems Group--Americas, in a statement released today. "HP believes providing each student with an affordable, creative multimedia tool like the HP Mini will better prepare them to live, learn and work in an information-rich society."
The Mini-Note PC offers an 8.9-inch WXGA scratch-resistant display and full keyboard with a clear coat to resist wear. They come in four configurations:
- 1.0 GHz Via processor, 512 MB RAM, 4.0 GB solid-state disk, Novell Suse Linux ($499);
- 1.2 GHz Via processor, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB hard drive, Novell Suse Linux ($549);
- 1.2 GHz Via processor, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB hard drive, Windows Vista Home Basic ($599); and
- 1.6 GHz Via processor, 2 GB RAM, 120 GB hard drive, Windows Vista Business ($749).
Other features include:
- Wired and wireless connectivity (Ethernet 10/100/1,000 and 802.11 b/g or 802.11 a/b/g), with a Bluetooth option;
- Motion sensor for shutting down the hard drive in the event of an accident, such as dropping the computer;
- Optional integrated 2.1-megapixel camera;
- Various security and multimedia software features;
- ExpressCard/54 slot;
- SD reader;
- Integrated speakers and microphone, plus mic and headphone jacks;
- Via Chrome9 integrated graphics; and
- Two battery configurations (six-cell or three-cell).
HP 2133 Mini-Note PCs are expected to roll out later this month. Other build to order options, including Windows XP, are also available. Further information can be found at HP's site here.
In other news, as we previewed earlier, HP and Microsoft have launched their Teacher Experience Exchange, a new online center targeted specifically toward K-12 teachers in schools that have standardized on the Windows platform. It provides forums for discussion and sharing, as well as content for helping teachers prepare for using technology in instruction. Further information can be found here.
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