Convertible netbook aimed at kids
I have a bunch of computers in my house. Generally, I only let my kids use the desktop computer under supervision. They seem to think they can eat and drink while working on the PC. Most of us can do that, but kids tend to spill stuff and I don't want a gooey keyboard. If you are ready to get your kid their first computer, you might be wondering if the machines made specifically for kids are worth the higher price.
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A company called PeeWee PC has unveiled its latest computer aimed at kids. The machine is the PeeWee Pivot 2.0 and it is a convertible netbook. It has typical netbook hardware under the hood with an Intel Atom N450 at 1.66GHz, a 10.1-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution and an optional 1366 x 768 resolution screen. The machine has a screen that pivots and will fold flat allowing it to be used as a tablet.
The screen accepts handwriting and uses Intel UMA graphics. Other features of the notebook include 1GB of RAM, 160GB of storage, SD card reader, a touch pad, WiFi, Ethernet, and lots more, the 6-cell battery promises at least five hours of use. The machine weighs 3.7 pounds and measures in at 10.5" x 7.6" x 1.2".
Being aimed at kids the Pivot 2.0 has a keyboard that is spill resistant. The machine also ships with software aimed at kids pre-installed. The machine has 15 educational games and two pieces of software that keep kids safe online. The machine starts at $599 and that is a lot of money for a netbook today.
This machine has standard netbook hardware inside for the most part; you can get better CPUs in other netbooks. As a straight netbook, the $599 price is too much. The kid features of the machine are the software and spill resistant keyboard. That software can be added from other sources, the spill resistant keyboard is available on some of the notebooks, and you could always keep your kid from drinking around the machine. It's hard for me to see a clear justification for the extra expense of this machine here.