One of the defining characteristics of the OLPC XO Laptop is the little computer’s distinctive green plastic design, which extends to the keyboard which has a membrane-style keyboard that’s resistant to spills and dust. But if you’ve ever actually tried using an XO Laptop, you may find the keyboard take s a little getting used to. More importantly, the silicone membrane keyboards have been known to tear after a while, while a more traditional plastic keyboard tends to be a bit more sturdy.
As expected, the folks at OLPC are starting to offer XO Laptop models with more traditional looking keyboards. The new model is called the XO-1.5 HS and it’s aimed at high school students, while the original XO models were designed for younger children.
Aside from the fact that the new keyboard is constructed from different material and laid out in a different way, there’s one other major change: It’s easier to replace the new keyboard. In fact, it’s suppose to take just 2 minutes to swap out a bad keyboard for a new one.
You can check out a hands-on video courtesy of OLPC News after the break.