HP announces Mini 100e netbook focused on education

HP today announced an education-focused Mini netbook designed to help schools
around the world acquire affordable, reliable computing technology.

The HP Mini 100e
Education Edition
features a modern, innovative design with the durability
and functionality essential for classroom computing. Complete with an array of
hardware and software tools, the HP Mini 100e aims to close the digital divide
by offering students and teachers an interactive learning experience at an
affordable price.

“HP is committed to helping schools adapt to students’ changing needs and to
creating solutions that provide better interactivity, connectivity and
learning,” said Dan Forlenza, vice president and general manager, Business
Notebooks, Personal Systems Group, HP. “The HP Mini 100e is an affordable,
feature-rich device that helps ensure every student has the tools needed for
success in their academic endeavors.”

The HP Mini 100e includes productivity, education and security software from
Microsoft, such as Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Math and
Microsoft Security Essentials.

In addition to the learning software, the HP Mini 100e also features a
spill-resistant keyboard helping to ensure greater protection against spills and
higher reliability in the classroom as well as an easy-to-see LED that indicates
when the PC is connected to a network, thereby enabling better instructor
monitoring.

The HP Mini 100e offers optional Wi-Fi Certified WLAN as well
as an integrated worldwide modem that is compatible in all countries with the
V.92 standard. This enables dial-up internet connection in remote
areas so students can easily connect to the web anywhere there is internet
service available over a phone line.

HP Mini for the classroom

Created to seamlessly integrate into education environments, the HP Mini 100e
features a practical clamshell design starting at only 3.19 pounds. Its
10.1-inch diagonal LED-backlit WSVGA display, 92 percent of full size QWERTY
keyboard and an integrated carrying handle allow for maximized comfort and
efficiency in the classroom and on the go.

It also includes separate headphone and MIC ports to allow the Mini 100e to
easily connect to other devices, along with a VGA webcam that
offers enhanced sound quality and reduced echo in virtual conferencing, language
courses and interactive multimedia classroom sessions.

Built with added durability features for the classroom environment, the HP
Mini 100e includes strong metal alloy hinges with steel pin axles. The Mini 100e
also features a customizable back panel, keyboard deck and bottom case –
exclusive to HP Minis – allowing customers to personalize their units with their
school logo, motto or a picture for added security and personalization.

The HP Mini 100e boasts a wide array of technologies in a tiny package,
including a low-power Intel Atom N455 processor and Intel NM10
Express chipset, enabling the unit to run cooler, use less power and
help improve battery life compared to its predecessor. It offers 1 gigabyte (GB)
of DDR3 memory for faster data transfer, along with optional flexible battery
solutions, including three or six-cell battery options.

Catering to varying education environments, the HP Mini 100e offers Windows
XP Home, Windows 7 Starter or SuSE Linux (SLED 11) operating
systems.

A variety of accessories are also available for the HP Mini 100e, to further
improve the productivity of students in the classroom and on the go, including:

  • HP Slip Case
  • HP Optical Mouse
  • HP Combo Lock
  • HP Student Edition Youth Backpack
  • HP External USB Optical Drive

Pricing and availability

The HP Mini 100e will be available worldwide in July. Pricing will be set on
a per deal basis and is not expected to exceed $300 per unit.

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