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RM launches the £169 RM Asus Minibook

RM has launched a PC that weighs less than 1kg, is about the same size as a box of tissues and costs less than £200.

It is the ideal computer for learners. Not only is it light, small and truly portable it is affordable too.

Students will be able to use the RM Asus miniBook to send and receive email, create and edit documents, view photographs, play videos and MP3 files, browse the Internet, listen to online radio and participate in instant messaging.

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

The RM Asus miniBook combines the portability and quick start of a PDA with the capabilities of a notebook. It has a solid-state hard drive, for fast boot-up and shut down, which is more robust than a mechanical drive.

It features an integrated web cam, microphone and speakers – which make video conferencing quick and easy. It also has internal wireless g and an optional 3G module for easy mobile connection.

There is an integrated card reader for easy transfer of photographs and other files, 3 USB 2.0 ports and a VGA out port.

Other key features of the RM Asus miniBook are that it is safe for pupils to take home and it is very portable.

Being small and compact makes the miniBook unobtrusive and, therefore, safer for pupils to transport to and from school. And weighing less that 1kg means that the problems associated with carrying heavy school bags are a thing of the past too.

This innovative computer has been jointly developed by RM and its hardware partner, Asustek, the company that also worked with RM on the development of the RM Mobile One notebook.

Commenting on the launch, Tim Pearson, CEO of RM said;
“There has never been such an exciting time for teaching and learning with ICT. Learners these days need to have access to technology at home and outside the classroom. The school gate is now a virtual one. And that is a good thing. What is not so good is if some learners can’t be part of that new world. That is why we are working with our technology partners Asustek to bring affordable, mobile computing to schools. We have a responsibility to ensure that all our children have access to the very best learning and the very best technology that is available. By developing a student device that is in the same price range as an iPod I believe we are getting there.”

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.