Dell is launching a new line of netbooks, aimed squarely at the educational market. The Dell Latitude 2100 features the same Intel Atom N270 CPU we’ve come to know and love, and other standard netbook components, including an optional solid state disk and a low starting price of $369. But it also has a few kid-friendly features like rubberized cases in a variety of colors (including yellow, green, blue, and red), and an optional handle and shoulder strap. Dell is also offering an optional docking cart that schools can use to store and charge up to 24 netbooks.
Information on the Latitude 2100 first leaked out in March. But with today’s official launch comes one of the first detailed reviews of the new netbooks. Our friends at Laptop Magazine have posted a review of a Latitude 2100 that’s configured at the $499 level with a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 576 pixel display, 16GB SSD, and Windows XP Home.
It’s interesting to note that at 10.4″ x 7.4″ x 1.6″ and weighs 3.4 pounds with the optional 6 cell batter. In other words, the Dell Latitude 2100 is one of the thickest, bulkiest netbooks around. Typically mini-laptops designed for children are small and have cramped keyboards. But thanks to its larger sized, Laptop Magazine reports the Latitude 2100 has a roomy keyboard and touchpad, even for people with adult-sized hands.
The Dell Latitude 2100 will be available with a number of options including storage ranging from a 16GB SSD to a 250GB hard drive. The laptop is available with Windows XP, Vista, or Ubuntu Linux. Dell will even offer a touchscreen option.