HP Targets Classrooms With Mini 100e Netbook

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Is $300 the new $100? Hewlett-Packard promised Wednesday that its HP Mini 100e netbook for classrooms “is not expected to exceed $300 per unit” -- a low price to many but still far higher the sub-$100 standard established, if not attained, by the One Laptop Per Child initiative several years and Moore’s Law cycles ago.

“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,” said Dan Forlenza, vice president and general manager of the Business Notebooks unit in HP’s Personal Systems Group, in a statement.

Operating system options for the HP Mini 100e Education Edition, set for release in July, include Windows XP Home, Windows 7 Starter and SuSE Linux (SLED 11). The netbook comes loaded with an array of Microsoft productivity, education and security software, including Microsoft Office 2010, according to Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP.

The unit has a 10.1-inch display, weighs 3.19 pounds and has a carrying handle built into its clamshell design. The spill-resistant keyboard on the HP Mini 100e is 92 percent of full-sized.

Wi-Fi Certified WLAN is optional and the HP Mini 100e has an integrated worldwide modem for a dial-up Internet connection on the V.92 standard. The netbook has a VGA Web cam, as well as headphone and microphone ports for video conferencing.

Based on the Atom N455 processor and NM10 Express chipset from Intel, the HP Mini 100e features 1GB of DDR3 memory and three-cell or six-cell battery options.

Available accessories for the netbook include a slip case, optical mouse, lock, backpack and external USB optical drive.

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