10.3.08

Laptop for Every British Child

Local firm is first in the UK with laptops for under £100

By Pat Smith

A TOWN computer firm has gone global after it announced the production of the UK's first-ever lap-tops for under £100.

Elonex, based at Sherwood Business Park, unveiled the £99 Elonex One at the NEC's Education Show last week.

Since then staff have been inundated with calls from all over the world clamouring to place orders. Aimed primarily at the education sector, The One is an ultra-portable lap-top with a seven inch screen that gives wireless access to Internet, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, and MP3s.

Managing director, Nick Smith, said: "The vision of The One project is for every child in the UK to have their own lap-top. With computing playing such a huge part of modern day life, it is essential to familiarise children with ICT from an early age and to show them the vast range of tools and resources available to them."

The sturdy lap-tops in bright pink, black, white, silver and green appeared on Central Television last week. For an extra £10 children can get a tough digital memory wristband which can be plugged into the socket of whichever computer they happen to be using, either at school or at home.

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