Twist and Shout
Whether they’re netbooks, budget notebooks or basic school systems like OLPC XO or Intel’s Classmate, these systems all have one thing in common: they’re not all that exciting to a 10 year old kid raised on GameBoys and PlayStations. Enter PeeWee’s 3-pound Pivot notebook, which on top of being spill resistant and rugged, has a screen that swivels and folds flat like a tablet so kids can type on its keyboard or draw on its display. At $600 it’s a bit pricey, particularly in light of its Intel Atom processor, 8.9-inch screen, 1GB of RAM and 60GB hard drive. It does have a good assortment of ports, WiFi and a screw-on handle so kids can carry it to and from school. In addition to Microsoft XP Home, the system comes with Works as well as programs for creating art, handwriting recognition and an e-book reader.