Today, Dell launched of a netbook influenced by the needs of K-12 students, the Latitude 2100. The Latitude 2100 is also ideal for any business or public institution that needs affordable, durable, Internet-ready devices for e-mail and collaboration. Here is more info on the Dell Latitude 2100 netbook:
"Inspired by close cooperation with hundreds of students, teachers, parents and administrators, Dell designers created a purpose-built education netbook that focuses on what?s most important ? learning. The Latitude 2100 is part of Dell?s connected classroom innovative technology products, services, software and training that make learning in the digital age a reality. With the Latitude 2100, students can access enhanced learning resources and digital content on a school network or via the Internet.
The Latitude 2100 has unique features for schools like bright primary colors and a more rugged, ?rubberized? design that is easier for children to carry and use safely. It also offers wireless connectivity that can be monitored by the teacher with a Network Activity Light on the netbook lid. An optional touchscreen is a first for an education netbook and makes the Latitude 2100 a perfect choice for enhanced student interaction, assessment, and for special education teaching. The Latitude 2100 also offers administrators a range of services making it easier to deploy and manage.
Additional options include: a keyboard featuring antimicrobial protection (U.S. only), solid-state drives, quick-connect handles and shoulder straps for carrying, and a webcam.
The Latitude 2100 also includes:
* Choice of XP Home, Vista Home Basic and Linux Ubuntu * Intel Atom processor N270 * 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity coupled with a full suite of wireless communication options * 2.91lb (1.32kg) starting at weight with 3-cell battery * Hard or solid state drives for increased durability * Three-cell or six-cell battery * Three-in-one Media Card Reader * Optional External DVD+/-RW via USB * VGA port * Clean bottom is vent-free to avoid any intrusion from spills * Options: webcam and a keyboard featuring antimicrobial protection (U.S. only)
Coming soon in the U.S., the Latitude 2100 is available with a Mobile Computing Station that equips classrooms with a cart to store securely, manage and network up to 24 netbooks with one Ethernet and power cord.
?Dell is setting a new standard for netbooks with the Latitude 2100.? said Todd Forsythe, vice president of product marketing. ?The Latitude 2100 is a purpose-designed netbook for students. In addition to being popular with education institutions, we also expect the business-class design features of the Latitude 2100 to interest other public institutions and private enterprises as it delivers a unique offering to the netbook market.?
The system is available today, and starts at $369. More information is available at www.dell.com/latitude "