Dell has introduced a new "student-rugged" netbook for the educational market, the Latitude 2100. This 10.1" netbook starts at $369 and features the Intel Atom N270, 512MB/1GB DDR2 memory, Intel GMA950 graphics, 16GB SSD or up to 250GB HDD, Gigabit Ethernet, media card reader, optional external DVD burner, three or six-cell battery, optional touchscreen, and a choice between Windows XP Home, Vista Home Basic or Ubuntu Linux.
The Dell Latitude 2100 has a starting weight of 1.32kg and is available in five colors: School Bus Gold, Chalkboard Black, Ball Field Green, Blue Ribbon and Schoolhouse Red. The netbook is designed to absorb the daily bumps and bruises of a crowded playground or backpack and has a rubber casing for easy grip along with a vent-free bottom to avoid any intrusion from spills.
More info at Dell.
Dell believes every child should have the opportunity and tools to learn the skills necessary to succeed in the digital world. Critical to this is the availability of technology designed for the unique needs of K-12 students, teachers and school administrators. Today, Dell set a new standard in education technology with the launch 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.
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. As a result, the Latitude 2100 blends into student life, from lesson plans to homework, increasing time spent learning versus managing technology.
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 is backed by Dell’s award-winning business service and support.