Back in November, we donated an XO Laptop to a child in a developing country as part of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project. The concept was to give one – get one free allowing us the opportunity to take a close look at this revolutionary PC. The ultimate goal is to get a low cost entry level machine into the hands of a child who normally would not have the opportunity.

As expected the notebook is extremely basic in design and performance. What did surprise us is just how rugged the construction is. We have seen expensive notebooks less sturdy then this little baby.

The LCD screen works in both direct sunlight and darkness. When compared to any entry level notebook the visuals do fall short in terms of viewing angles, contrast ratio, brightness and color. Overall the unit is pretty impressive when you weigh in the price vs. what you get. It certainly won’t provide any performance or productivity benchmarks however.

See the detailed review and inside look on the Notebookreview.com site


  • Processor: 433MHz AMD Geode
  • Display: 7.5″ LCD 1200×900 (black and white)/800×600 (color)
  • RAM Memory: 256MB DDR333
  • HD/Storage: 1GB Flash with SD Expansion slot
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g and 802.11s Mesh
  • Ports: 3 USB, Headphone, Microphone
  • Battery: 3.1Ah 6.5v
  • AC Adapter: 12VDC @1.42A, 100-240VAC
  • Dimensions: 9.52 x 8.97 x 1.26″
  • Weight: 3lbs 2.2oz, 1.4kg
  • Price $400 with the “Give One, Get One” program ($200 per laptop)

For a more detailed review and tear down of the unit please check out Kevin O’Briens article on the Notebookreview.com site