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Meet the Zoostorm Fizzbook Bang: the £100 Windows-based laptop designed for kids

Argos is currently clearing out a stock of the Zoostorm Fizzbook Bang netbook for £100 via its eBay outlet, a price that includes delivery and 100 Nectar Points.

The laptop – which was launched four years ago - is aimed at children and is essentially a second generation Intel Classmate PC based on Intel Atom architecture and originally aimed at rivalling the affordability of One Laptop per Child, or OLPC, devices.

Unlike many devices, this one is built robustly with a reinforced plastic body complete with a handle to carry it around. It runs on an Intel Atom N270 processor clocked at 1.6GHz and supported by 1GB of RAM, as well as featuring a 30GB hard disk drive and sporting a 8.9in display with a 1,024 x 600 pixel resolution. There's also a card reader, two USB ports, an Ethernet port, a webcam and a Windows XP pre-load.

Argos’ description also points out that there’s a plethora of bundled software, including handwriting recognition and tuition apps, and other educational programmes.

The colourfully named Fizzbook Bang has a battery life of up to four hours and weighs a mere 1.4kg.

That said, the Fizzbook Bang won't win any speed contests and its 30GB hard disk drive is puny by today's standards, but swap the Windows OS for something lighter like Chrome OS or Linux and you will end up with a very capable, brand new machine for under £100 with a full one-year warranty.

Parents looking for a more new-gen gift for their little rascal may also want to check out the Zoobook Fizzbook Spin line, which features hybrid devices complete with swivel-screen functionality and touch-screen capability. If that's more your bag, head for Laptops Direct (linked above), where various products are currently discounted by 17 per cent and start at £300.

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