CTL is introducing its next generation 2Go PC, the 2Go Classmate PC E10, and it’s the first member of the 2Go family to feature a 10 inch display. For anyone who’s been keeping track, the 2Go PC line basically consists of rebranded Intel Classmate PCs. The Classmate is Intel’s answer to the OLPC XO Laptop. It runs Windows XP and it’s targeted at eductional markets in both developed and developing nations.
I honestly had no idea until recently that there was a reference design with a 10 inch display floating around. But having spent a few days with the 10 inch version of the 2Go PC, I can tell you one thing: The larger screen makes a world of difference. Actually, let me rephrase that. I kind of couldn’t care less about the display. But with the larger display you get a much larger keyboard.
Earlier models had keyboards that were about 77% full sized. The 10 inch model has a 90% full sized keyboard which is comparable to those found on 10 inch netbooks from HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Acer, Asus, and MSI. While the larger keyboard might not matter too much to a third grade school student, it makes a huge difference if you’ve got adult sized hands. And while the 2Go PC is targeted at schools, it will also be available for anyone to purchase directly from CTL or through a handful of online retailers.
The new 2Go PC has an MSRP of $449, but schools and school districts that order in bulk will likely be able to pick it up for about $100 less. The base model has a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 keyboard, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n WiFI, and runs Windows XP Home. It measures 10″ x 1.5″ x 8″ and weighs 2.8 pounds and has a 6 cell, 4400mAh, 47.52Whr battery.
The laptop has a number of features that make it ideal for use by younger students. While it’s a bit thicker than your typical netbook, it has a sturdy plastic case that feels like it can take a beating or survive short falls with ease. The 2Go PC also has a built in handle which, unfortunately, is not easily removable. The laptop also includes Intel’s Blue Dolphin program launcher, an eBook reader, PDF reader, webcam software, Microsoft Works, and a PowerPoint viewer.
You can check out more photos and a short video overview of the hardware and software after the break.