Mainly targeting K-12 students, the Latitude 2100 netbook can also be used by businesses that need Internet-ready devices for emailing. The introduction is part of Dell’s connected classroom initiative.

Netbook is Intel’s term for ultra low-cost mobile PCs. Recently, Taiwan’s notebook vendor Asus has unveiled a new netbook Eee PC 1002HA. It aims to attract design-conscious mobile buyers with the product’s style and ease-of-use features. At 1.2kg, the netbook comes with a redesigned chassis along with a brushed aluminum LCD cover and palm rest.

And Freescale Semiconductor offered a solution based on ARM technology to produce netbooks that feature 8.9 inch displays, deliver eight hours of battery life between charges, and retail at sub-$200 price points.

With the Latitude 2100, Dell says, students can access learning resources and digital content on a school network or via the Internet. 

Among its features, the company says, the product has special 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 also provided. 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 extends Dell’s Latitude range and joins the Latitude XT tablet and fully rugged Latitude E6400 XFR as systems designed to meet the exacting needs of customers across a range of private and public-sector organizations with specific mobile computing requirements. 

Enterprises and public-sector customers can also use the netbook for employee training, order fulfillment, or when a secondary system is required by their workforce, says the company.


About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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