A few years ago, the so-called $100 laptop was the buzz of technology and development community: some favorable, others not. The idea was that a small laptop could be deployed to help the world's children learn. I was (and am) one of the doubters, but the machine -- as developed -- is a handy bit of equipment and I bought one used off a co-worker. (There was a promotion three years ago, where people in the economic West could sponsor one and receive another.) The future of the XO, as the device has become known, is uncertain. It certainly costs more than $100 now.
Its greater legacy might be the introduction of the netbook format of small laptop computers. I now own three, including the XO, and my newest one -- an Asus EEE PC 1005PE with the newest version of Ubuntu Linux -- could easily become my lone machine, should I ever have to choose.
Now, a netbook with a $100 pricetag has been seen in the wild. There was a note of its coming (Engadget) last month, and Hubby saw one -- at the CVS, a pharmacy and discount goods chain -- today. Â No word of it at their website. But there must have been a buzz and demand; when I went by the same store two hours later, it was sold out.
But the question is "is it worth it?"
- I'd love to know your thoughts, especially if you're looking to buy a computer soon.
- I'll see if I can find the specs for this machine, and see if anyone has bought it and tested it.