The New York Times reviews the '$100 laptop'

— 3:58 PM on October 5, 2007

One of the XO laptops from the One Laptop Per Child project has landed over at the New York Times, and the paper's technology columnist David Pogue has put together a review of the system. According to Pogue, the machine is "absolutely amazing" and a "total kid magnet." The columnist lauds the XO laptop's bright, sharp, and sunlight-readable screen; its mesh networking capability, which allows XOs to network together ad-hoc with no setup required; its high battery life; its built-in software and programming tools; and its rugged design that's both dust- and spill-proof.

The system does cost $200, and folks in the U.S. who want to get their hands on one will have to cough up $400 as part of the "Give 1 Get 1" program that's starting on November 12. Some people might point out that they could get a full-blown Windows laptop for that same $400, but Pogue says the XO's mission "has sailed over these people’s heads like a 747." According to Pogue, the XO boasts features not available on any other laptop—"for $400 or $4,000"—and those who shell out the $400 will also provide a child in the developing world with a free laptop. (Thanks to Engadget for the tip.)

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