HP Introduces Full-function Mini-notebook PC for Education Market
To help schools offeraffordable computing to every student, HP today introduced afull-function, mini-notebook PC priced starting under$500.(1)
Designed for the educationmarket, the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is flexible enough for students touse from the classroom to the family room.
“HP listened to our needsand now is delivering a product designed by education foreducation,” said Chris Sieger, director of information technologyfor Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia. “Teachers andtechnology are the two most important assets in education. HP’sannouncement demonstrates that it understands what schools needfrom industry.”
At slightly more than twoand one-half pounds,(2) the HP Mini is smaller andlighter than many math or science books. It includes a suite ofwireless,(3) multimedia and security capabilities toallow students to learn everywhere they go – from class to home,from field trips to vacations.
“Education shouldn’t end atthe bell,” said Jeri Callaway, vice president and general manager,Personal Systems Group – Americas, HP. “HP believes providing eachstudent with an affordable, creative multimedia tool like the HPMini will better prepare them to live, learn and work in aninformation-rich society.”
Business and mobileprofessionals value the same mobility, usability and cost concernsof the education market. The HP Mini provides mobile professionalsa sleek, lightweight device that provides access to information andthe ability to collaborate with others as well as to communicatevia email, instant messaging or even blogging.(3)
The HP Mini is packed witha combination of features to boost productivity and improve theoverall mobile experience, including:
- Simple, refined design and anodized aluminum shell that issleek and sturdy yet lightweight;
- HP DuraKeys, featuring a clear coating applied over thenotebook keyboard that protects the finish and printed letters andcharacters;
- An HP 3D DriveGuard, which sends a signal to shut down the harddrive upon sudden movement or shock by using a three-axis digitalaccelerometer chip
- Scratch-resistant display and magnesium hinge bracket
- A large 8.9-inch diagonal WXGA display, user-friendly fullkeyboard (QWERTY) and touchpad;
- Ability to view video, still-image capture, web conferencing orvideo-enhanced instant messaging(3) with no additionalhardware to buy or carry. An optional(4) integrated VGAwebcam enables video and still-image capture to allow the additionof photos and video clips to presentations, documents andemail;
- Two battery solutions – three-cell for lightest-weightconfigurations or optional(4) six-cell for longerbattery life;
- Wireless technologies such as integrated Wi-Fi CertifiedWLAN(3) and optional Bluetooth™, allowing students toaccess the Internet as well as communicate via email, IM, chat,VOIP and blogging. The wireless technologies also enableconnections at hotspots as well as with Bluetooth devices such asprinters, mice and headsets; and
- Optional(4) Absolute Software’sComputrace(5) allows IT professionals to work with locallaw enforcement to track and help recover stolen or missingcomputers, inventory computers district wide and detect changes inhardware and software.
HP also announced thedevelopment of the Teacher Experience Exchange, an online communitysponsored by the company and Microsoft to provide educators aone-stop resource to discuss, share and learn with other educators.At the exchange, www.hp.com/go/teacherexperience,teachers also can access tutorials for teaching with technology inthe classroom.
To help K-12 teacherseffectively integrate new technology in the classroom, HP alsoplans to provide free, online professional development coursesdesigned to engage students and improve student achievement throughthe use of technology.
The HP 2133 Mini-Note PCstarts at $499(1) and is expected be available laterthis month.
HP focuses on simplifyingtechnology experiences for all of its customers – from individualconsumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spansprinting, personal computing, software, services and ITinfrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, withrevenue totaling $107.7 billion for the four fiscal quarters endedJan. 31, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is availableat www.hp.com.
(1) EstimatedU.S. street price. Actual price may vary.
(2) Weight willvary by configuration.
(3) Wirelessaccess point required and is not included. Availability of publicwireless access points limited. Wireless Internet use requiresseparately purchased Internet service contract.
(4) Soldseparately or as an add-on feature.
(5) TheComputrace agent is shipped turned off, and must be activated bycustomers when they purchase a subscription. Subscriptions can bepurchased for terms ranging from one to four years. Available inthe United States only.
Bluetooth is atrademark owned by its proprietor and used by Hewlett-PackardCompany under license.
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