Retail '$100 laptop' to cost $400

Earlier this year, we heard that the One Laptop Per Child project's XO laptop would become available in the retail market, but that members of the public would have to pay double for the machines—around $300 in total. In essence, retail buyers would be purchasing one system for themselves and one system for a child in the developing world.

The Register now reports that the OLPC project has slapped a name, price tag, and launch date on the scheme. The "Give 1 Get 1" offer is scheduled to kick off on November 12, and it will allow folks in developed countries to take home an XO laptop for the low, low price of $400. Of course, that price will buy both a system for the user and one for "a child in a developing nation."

Folks with philantropic inclinations—or those who really like the XO's cheerful green-and-white look—might be tempted by the offer, but others may decide to opt for Asustek's cheaper Eee PC instead. According to reports we heard last month, the Eee PC is on track to ship this month, and it will be available at prices ranging from $199 to $369.

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