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DELL TARGETS NEW HI-TECH AND CHEAP NETBOOK AT YOUNGER STUDENTS FOR SAFELY LEARN AT RM 1800

By • May 21st, 2009 • Category: ! Product News

 DELL TARGETS NEW HI-TECH AND CHEAP NETBOOK AT YOUNGER STUDENTS FOR SAFELYLEARN AT RM 1800

Armed with an Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive, the Dell Latitude 2100 performs well.  Its 6-cell battery,  lasts a long time away from an outlet. It’s a comfortable netbook to use and its rugged design should help it withstand inadvertent knocks and drops, as well as accidental spills.  It is very suitable for children aged 3-12. brightly coloured, easily gripped rubber, not slippery plastic. Its underside is free from vents and other openings, so plopping the computer on spilled milk won’t do any damage. And a light on the lid of the computer tells teachers when kids are internet connected.

 DELL TARGETS NEW HI-TECH AND CHEAP NETBOOK AT YOUNGER STUDENTS FOR SAFELY LEARN AT RM 1800

 
SEATTLE: Dell Inc — already the largest seller of PCs to schools worldwide — is trying to extend its lead with its first mini-laptop designed for young students at a time adult consumers and businesses are cutting back on technology spending.

Dell’s new Latitude 2100, unveiled yesterday, is part of the newly popular netbook computers. Netbooks resemble laptops but are cheaper, smaller, lighter and less powerful.

Unlike Dell’s other netbooks, the 2100’s shell is made from brightly coloured, easily gripped rubber, not slippery plastic. Its underside is free from vents and other openings, so plopping the computer on spilled milk won’t do any damage. And a light on the lid of the computer tells teachers when kids are connected to the Internet.

The extent to which laptops improve academic performance remains debatable, but Dell chief executive Michael Dell, perhaps not surprisingly, argues that computers in classrooms are a key ingredient to better schooling.

“There’s no question that technology can play a role in improving outcomes for students,” he said in an interview. “This is not to say that putting computers and (information technology) systems in schools solves all problems — there’s no chance of that.

“But it is to say that, look, these are required skills that people need to be successful.”

The 2100, aimed at students in kindergarten through eighth grade, has a 10in screen and a keyboard that’s a little bigger than regular netbooks. It can be configured with a touch screen, which Dell says is useful for kids’ small hands, and an anti-microbial keyboard, because those hands are often grubby.

A web camera add-on is also available. It can run basic versions of Microsoft Corp’s Windows XP and Vista operating systems and the Ubuntu version of Linux.

Not for all

Unlike the still-mythical “US$100 (RM360) laptop” envisioned by the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child organisation, Dell’s machine starts at US$369 (RM1,328), which might put it out of reach in developing countries.

Add on popular features, and Dell said the price would be closer to US$500 (RM1,800).

Dell would not say how much money it makes selling computers to schools. Michael Dell said the company’s public sector segment, which also includes governments and health care institutions, takes in US$14bil (RM50.4bil) a year, about 23% of Dell’s 2008 revenue.

PCs for schools and universities made up just 6% of the total shipped last year worldwide, according to IDC, with about a third going to the United States.

Worldwide, Dell was the top player with nearly 20% of the market. In the United States, its grip was even tighter — about 36% for kindergarten through 12th grade and 43% at the university level. — AP

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