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HP introduces mini netbook for schools
Posted on 24-Jun-2010 11:19. | Tags Filed under: News.

HP introduces mini netbook for schools
HP has announced an education-focused Mini netbook designed to help schools around the world acquire affordable, reliable computing technology.

The company says its HP Mini 100e Education Edition features a modern, innovative design with the durability and functionality essential for classroom computing. Complete with an array of hardware and software tools, the HP Mini 100e aims to close the digital divide by offering students and teachers an interactive learning experience at an affordable price.

“HP is committed to helping schools adapt to students’ changing needs and to creating solutions that provide better interactivity, connectivity and learning,” said Dan Forlenza, vice president and general manager, Business Notebooks, Personal Systems Group, HP. “The HP Mini 100e is an affordable, feature-rich device that helps ensure every student has the tools needed for success in their academic endeavors.”

The HP Mini 100e includes productivity, education and security software from Microsoft, such as Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Math and Microsoft Security Essentials.

In addition to the learning software, the HP Mini 100e also features a spill-resistant keyboard helping to ensure greater protection against spills and higher reliability in the classroom as well as an easy-to-see LED that indicates when the PC is connected to a network, thereby enabling better instructor monitoring.

The HP Mini 100e offers optional Wi-Fi Certified WLAN as well as an integrated modem that is compatible in all countries with the V.92 standard. This enables dial-up internet connection in remote areas so students can easily connect to the web anywhere there is internet service available over a phone line.

Created to integrate into education environments, the HP Mini 100e features a practical clamshell design starting at only 3.19 pounds. Its 10.1-inch diagonal LED-backlit WSVGA display, 92 percent of full size QWERTY keyboard and an integrated carrying handle allow for maximized comfort and efficiency in the classroom and on the go.

It also includes separate headphone and MIC ports to allow the Mini 100e to easily connect to other devices, along with a VGA webcam that offers enhanced sound quality and reduced echo in virtual conferencing, language courses and interactive multimedia classroom sessions.

Built with added durability features for the classroom environment, the HP Mini 100e includes strong metal alloy hinges with steel pin axles. The Mini 100e also features a customizable back panel, keyboard deck and bottom case – exclusive to HP Minis – allowing customers to personalize their units with their school logo, motto or a picture for added security and personalization.

The HP Mini 100e boasts a wide array of technologies in a tiny package, including a low-power Intel Atom N455 processor and Intel NM10 Express chipset, enabling the unit to run cooler, use less power and help improve battery life compared to its predecessor. It offers 1 gigabyte of DDR3 memory, along with optional flexible battery solutions, including three or six-cell battery options.

Catering to varying education environments, the HP Mini 100e offers Windows XP Home, Windows 7 Starter or SuSE Linux (SLED 11) operating systems.

The HP Mini 100e will be available worldwide in July. Pricing will be set on a per deal basis and is not expected to exceed US$300 per unit.

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