RM puts Windows XP on Asus EEE laptop

RM today announces that its range of RM Asus miniBooks is expanding to now include a 1GB memory/ 8GB hard drive model which comes with either Windows XP or the Linux based operating system used in current models.

Both of these two new versions come with 1GB memory, an 8GB solid-state hard drive, Mobile Intel Celeron-M ULV 900MHz processor integrated webcam, microphone and speakers.

Pricing will be in the region of £229 plus VAT for the Linux based version and £259 plus VAT for Windows XP Home version (subject to confirmation). The new products will be available from April 2008.

The introduction of the Windows based miniBook means that schools that already have curriculum software which is Windows based can add this to the miniBook.

Also, schools with Microsoft Volume License agreements have a route to upgrade to XP Pro and enable network connection using Windows.

The much lauded RM Asus miniBook which was launched at the Handheld Learning Conference in London in October 2007, weighs less than 1kg, and is about the same size as an A5 pad making it the ideal computer for learners.

The screen is just over 7 inches in size, the device takes less than 15 seconds to boot up and uses a one click intuitive interface.

RM has not yet commented on whether they are going to launch the new version of the Asus EEE which sports Wimax connectivity and a larger screen.