Desktops and Notebooks: HP Mini 100e Netbook Is Durable, Simple, Classroom-Ready
Worldwide PC leader Hewlett-Packard introduced a new netbook for elementary school classrooms June 23. The HP Mini 100e Education Edition will be rolling out worldwide in July, and given its reach to international markets, it offers the option of a dial-up modem in addition to WiFi. Overall, it's a study in simplicity meeting durability. There are kid-friendly features such as a spill-proof keyboard, a sturdy handle and metal alloy hinges designed to survive drops, but HP, starting from a blank slate with new users in mind, included only what it deemed necessarya feat that's put pricing for the Mini 100e below $300. In the necessary category are an operating system choice of Windows 7 Starter or SUSE Linux, an Intel Atom processor and an Intel Express chipset.