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.)