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HP Releases Educational Mini-Notebook
 
HP recently announced the release of their HP 2133 Mini-Note PC.  Geared for the educational market, the HP 2133 weighs a mere 2.8 pounds and bears an array of wireless, multimedia, and security features.
 
* Simple, refined design and anodized aluminum shell that is sleek and sturdy yet lightweight;
* HP DuraKeys, featuring a clear coating applied over the notebook keyboard that protects the finish and printed letters and characters;
* An HP 3D DriveGuard, which sends a signal to shut down the hard drive upon sudden movement or shock by using a three-axis digital accelerometer chip
* Scratch-resistant display and magnesium hinge bracket
* A large 8.9-inch diagonal WXGA display, user-friendly full keyboard (QWERTY) and touchpad;
* Ability to view video, still-image capture, web conferencing or video-enhanced instant messaging(3) with no additional hardware to buy or carry. An optional(4) integrated VGA webcam enables video and still-image capture to allow the addition of photos and video clips to presentations, documents and email;
* Two battery solutions – three-cell for lightest-weight configurations or optional(4) six-cell for longer battery life;
* Wireless technologies such as integrated Wi-Fi Certified WLAN(3) and optional Bluetooth™, allowing students to access the Internet as well as communicate via email, IM, chat, VOIP and blogging. The wireless technologies also enable connections at hotspots as well as with Bluetooth devices such as printers, mice and headsets;
* Optional(4) Absolute Software’s Computrace(5) allows IT professionals to work with local law enforcement to track and help recover stolen or missing computers, inventory computers district wide and detect changes in hardware and software.

"HP listened to our needs and now is delivering a product designed by education for education," said Chris Sieger, director of information technology for Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia. "Teachers and technology are the two most important assets in education. HP’s announcement demonstrates that it understands what schools need from industry."

"Education shouldn’t end at the bell," said Jeri Callaway, vice president and general manager, Personal Systems Group – Americas, HP. "HP believes providing each student with an affordable, creative multimedia tool like the HP Mini will better prepare them to live, learn and work in an information-rich society."
 
Something slightly confusing is that although HP says the HP 2133 is set to be available later this month with a base price of $499, there is already a product page up with an option to "Add to Cart" at a price of $749.  Perhaps this is a different configuration geared towards business, as it apparantly comes with Windows Vista Business installed.
 
 
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As a student, would you buy this mini-notebook for school?
 
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