Intel intros new rugged convertible Classmate PC, doubles as e-readerBy Matthew DeCarlo
Intel has unveiled its new convertible Classmate PC aimed at students from kindergarten through high school. Rugged in design, the laptop should be able to withstand life inside a backpack, with features including a durable low-profile handle, improved performance in drop test (from desk height), HDD protection, a water-resistant keyboard, touchpad and screen, bump and scratch resistant husk, and an optional anti-microbial keyboard.
The new convertible Classmate notebook is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, making the system 20% more power efficient (about 8.5 hours on a six-cell battery). Also under the hood is an accelerometer and Wi-Fi, while 3G and WiMAX are optional. Its 10.1-inch 1024x600 resistive touchscreen (no multitouch) rotates to transform the system into a tablet-like device.
The notebook includes a touch-optimized e-reader application with support for mainstream file formats, handwriting recognition in several localized languages, improved note-taking software, a "palm resting" feature that ignores hands resting on the screen, an ergonomic stylus, a rotatable camera, a mic, and "instant collaborator" software.
Intel isn't selling the new convertible Classmate PC directly to consumers, so you'll have to seek out a third-party vendor to get your hands on one.