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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    And tell me the point of an eee over a full laptop in a school? See my point now?

    Yeah great if you want a tiny little laptop to sit in your frontroom with for browsing the net and stuff, but for a school no.
    Kids (especially small ones) could actually carry an eee around all day for a start...
    UMPCs and laptops are not the same thing at all - different form factor for different usage profile.
    I think the eee/other UMPC has alot of possibilities for schools, whereas laptops just don't cut it for personal educational use IMO - too expensive, too prone to breakage and too large and heavy...

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    As other have said the main difference is the size. A bottom of the range £300-400 laptop will be a 14-15" model which is way too large to be considered portable (especially for children). That and I think there's definitely a gap in the market for a smaller/cheaper device with a more limited feature set that can be locked down by IT staff and used by pupils for typing up notes / creating presentations / viewing pre-determined resources / etc in class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Netman View Post
    Kids (especially small ones) could actually carry an eee around all day for a start...
    Did your school not use text books then, no? I can tell you now even the biggest laptop doesnt even come close to the weight of the text books i got given in year 7. Add a PE kit and a full laptop isnt even a dent on it. In theory you could replace all your books with a laptop so... (in theory)

    Fair enough you like it, i think its completely pointless, leave it at that :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    Did your school not use text books then, no? I can tell you now even the biggest laptop doesnt even come close to the weight of the text books i got given in year 7. Add a PE kit and a full laptop isnt even a dent on it. In theory you could replace all your books with a laptop so... (in theory)

    Fair enough you like it, i think its completely pointless, leave it at that :-)
    Give it a try, you might be suprised This thing is wildly popular for a reason.

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    Does look really good, might have to buy myslef a present! :P

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    Populariity is generally a good indication a product isnt any good

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    Did your school not use text books then, no?

    Ours use text books, but the students don't have to take them home. Neither do they take folders or their own work books home. They are all kept at school.

    You're lucky here if a student has brought a pen, never mind a bag full of books!

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    Populariity is generally a good indication a product isnt any good
    not in this case....the eee has actually surpassed my expectations. I never expected to be able to compose entire document on it in OOo, i never expected to prefer browsing the internet on it instead of my thinkpad...

    it has it's faults with two major ones corrected in the new model. The keyboard looks unchanged which is a shame as i found the keys to be not as robust as i like. Size of keys don't bother me, but after a lot of use, one of the keys started playing up.

    As for use in schools, why does everything have to be all or nothing.....if it's not suitable for use by kids in you're school so what ? Are there not members of staff, technicians, you're head perhaps who'd make very good use of it.

    It's a better investment than a brick of a dell £400 laptop that'll be of little interest or use to anyone in a couple of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    Populariity is generally a good indication a product isnt any good
    Like the iPod, for instance

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    Quote Originally Posted by torledo View Post
    Are there not members of staff, technicians, you're head perhaps who'd make very good use of it.
    No, i honestly cant think of a reason why "we'd" need one. Like the Mac Air i cant see a purpose for it other than web browsing, and even at "only" £300 its a bloody expensive web browser.

    Please enlighten me to a real use in school, not just a theoretical gimmic use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeddyKGB View Post
    This is much, much better than the crappy 7 inches.
    That's what my girlfriend says about her ex when I started dating her

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    No, i honestly cant think of a reason why "we'd" need one. Like the Mac Air i cant see a purpose for it other than web browsing, and even at "only" £300 its a bloody expensive web browser.

    Please enlighten me to a real use in school, not just a theoretical gimmic use.

    There is none....

    We are buying them for the SLT for when they go to meetings...

    And we are buying the Stone UMPC... a far far far better Mini Laptop..

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    No, i honestly cant think of a reason why "we'd" need one. Like the Mac Air i cant see a purpose for it other than web browsing, and even at "only" £300 its a bloody expensive web browser.

    Please enlighten me to a real use in school, not just a theoretical gimmic use.
    We have bought a 7" version as a possible replacement to our Neo's in our Learning Support department. When you think we are paying £200 for http://www.alphasmart.co.uk/neo/ then you can see why the Eee could have real use in schools.

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    What's the situation regarding the lifespan of the solid-state drive. Doesn't the number of read/write cycles and an OS like XP that uses the hard drive a lot mean that you'll have to replace the storage periodically?

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