Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Jan 2008 20:44 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems El Reg has an in-depth review of the XO laptop. They conclude: "There's a lot to like about the XO laptop. It's tough, it's great as an eBook reader, it has a big (for its category), high resolution screen. It runs silent and cool, has good battery life, and the clean design of the Sugar interface is easy to use. But several areas need work. The browser should be replaced by Firefox, and the Journal needs to support folders to match how people actually organise their work and play. Multimedia performance needs to be improved, which can hopefully be done through software. The XO needs a unified media player that supports all media types, along with playlists, and should be integrated with the UI. Most of these changes come down to the OLPC organisation placing more emphasis on real-world usability and less on their ideals of a perfect interface. If they can manage to do this, the XO laptop could be a great tool for learning and play."
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Ugh, another misinformed review
by adricnet on Fri 18th Jan 2008 07:48 UTC
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The first sentence is a dead giveaway that the gentleman did not know what he was talking about, since he said that XO was available at retail, and that they cost 400. Neither was or is true.

It hardly seems worth continuing to explain how he went wrong, since the rest of the article merely compares the XO to an Asus Eeee for his usage patterns and obliquely fails to mention any of the reasons for the differences.

No fact checking, completely off base, and generally disappointing from the Reg. I expect better from them, or at least more sarcasm. The handful of comments are worse, mostly.

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