Many years ago, if you wanted to buy a thin, light laptop, you’d probably have to spend more than $1000. If your budget for a laptop was less than $1000, then you probably had to buy a big bulky laptop.
In late 2007, Asus, a large computer electronics manufacturer, released the eeePC, a very small laptop computer called a “netbook”. It had a small screen, small keyboard, and small storage, but most importantly it was cheap – less than $400. The eeePC changed the laptop market forever, and a whole new class of computers called netbooks emerged. Their main use is for web surfing, email, and light usage. They have small screens (7″ to 10″), moderate memory (1GB to 2GB), moderate hard drives (160GB or so), and a low price ($200 – $450).
CIS has purchased a set of 5 Lenovo S10-3 netbooks for loan to the HMC community. They have 10.1″ screens, Intel Atom processors, 160GB hard drives, and come with Windows 7. Most notably, the keyboard is close to full size.
If you would like to borrow one for a few weeks, please contact the CIS Help Desk, and we’ll check one out to you or let you know when the next one is available.
We will also be purchasing several Wacom Bamboo Fun multi-touch tablet add-ons. The Wacom tablets are not a full computer in itself, but rather a multi-touch pad that connects to any computer via USB. You can then use a pen, or your fingers, to draw, navigate your screen, and input text.
There are many uses for a Wacom tablet. For example, a Professor can connect a Wacom tablet to their computer, and use it to write equations or drawings which are then projected onto the screen. The Professor can then save the drawings as a PDF to send out to the class later. There are also numerous applications for CAD (computer aided design), photo editing, and research.
We will be placing several Wacom tablets in the Learning Studio for everyone to try out and use.