Usually I avoid launch events if I can help it, but this was was slightly different - not only because we were given a miniBook to take away and try for ourselves (how shallow do people think us journalists really are?) - but because I genuinely was interested to see how these machines looked, felt and actually worked. (no honestly)
From the short time I had to examine one of the miniBooks, I was impressed. It is light, portable and the screen is actually of a decent size. The tiny keyboard may take some getting used to - but no great hardship. I can see why it is going to be popular with schoolkids. It also allows for wireless access which is great.
At around £200 it is not difficult to see why RM, Asus and Microsoft are confident it is going to take the education market by storm. However I can see a market for these in the business space as well becasue they will fit on train/plane tray tables and will also not require a huge laptop carrying bag to be lugged around everywhere.
Also they are pretty durable - as demonstrated by one journalist from a well-known national newspaper, who threw the machine onto the floor - giving quite a few people a bit of a shock. I know our national cousins are known for their temperaments, but this was taking it a little too far. Everyone relaxed when they saw the calm-looking RM person next to this journalist.
Anway tantrums aside - I can't wait to have a proper go on the machine tonight - watch out for my review on channelweb coming soon.
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