July 23, 2007

GIVEN THE 100% MARKUP, THAT'LL FALL QUICKLY:

Nonprofit may launch $350 laptop by Christmas (Jim Finkle, 7/23/07, Reuters)

A nonprofit group that designs low-cost computers for poor children may start selling $350 laptops on the commercial market by Christmas, an executive said on Monday.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 23, 2007 9:20 PM
Comments

Dell will be selling a $350 laptop by Christmas.

Posted by: Ibid at July 23, 2007 9:52 PM

Poor children have $350 for a laptop! Poverty just ain't what it used to be.

Posted by: erp at July 24, 2007 8:01 AM

Yet another story that misses the point; the OLPC laptops aren't aimed at the poor poor, but at developing countries.

And $350 would be the retail price in the commercial market; big government buyers (eg, Brazil) will be paying wholesale, under $200 a unit. It'll be interesting to see how Microsoft responds; the OLPC uses a customized Linux, and even the lowest price for W2K3 will be ugly on a laptop this small (assuming it could run Windows at all).

Posted by: Mike Earl at July 24, 2007 9:24 AM

Read a humorous story a year or so ago (was it here or somewhere else?) about one of those $10 laptop NGO groups who had a fancy webpage telling about all the great things some African villagers were using their ultra-cheap laptops for--such as providing light for their hut. The punchline was that perhaps said villagers have a few higher priorities than getting a laptop computer...

Posted by: b at July 24, 2007 12:28 PM

b. Are the laptop batteries solar powered?

Posted by: erp at July 25, 2007 1:29 PM
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