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Second Generation Intel Classmate PC Reviewed

A few days with the 2nd-generation "netbook" and I'm hooked. It's time to rethink computer purchases for the elementary schools this summer.
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I have to say I'm partial to the charcoal.

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Different strokes for different folks, but that 9" screen is mighty nice. Too bad the native resolution is the same regardless of which screen you choose.

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New function keys, a right shift key (!!!), and better tactile response; still water resistant.

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Mesh networking requires Linux

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No longer hidden in the back underneath the handle

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My MacBook doesn't even have one of these.

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Easily-removed; a 4-cell battery from the previous generation is still available.

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Much better than the previous gimmicky oval

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I like to believe that Intel included this at my request; I think everyone else just realized that a single left shift key is a pain in the behind.

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These guys are really little; my MacBook is fairly diminutive.

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The outside form factor of both the 7" and 9" models are the same. This would fit quite nicely into a messenger bag, wouldn't it?

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Who needs MIDs? Give me a Classmate.

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Just pop the velcro

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Just don't lose the screws since they aren't attached to the back plate (Hey, Intel - you gave me back my shift key; can we get the screws attached for easier maintenance?)

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Go PATA!

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