Cool gifts for geeks, 2011: Computer, notebook and tablet tech treasures

Computers and notebooks and tablets, oh my!

By Network World Staff, Network World |  Hardware, computers, laptops

PeeWee Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop, by PeeweePC

The PeeWee Pivot Tablet Laptop is designed for children to be used either in the classroom or libraries, and like other convertible tablets, it has a rotating touch screen so the device can be used as a touch-screen tablet instead of a notebook (an included stylus also can use the screen).

The Pivot 2.0 uses the Intel Atom processor as part of its Classmate PC line, which includes a solid rubber case, removable carrying handle, and drop- and spill-resistant features to help protect it from little hands. The system comes bundled with 15 educational games and two security software packages, as well as a one-year warranty.

In trying this out with my own little ones, they preferred using the keyboard and mouse instead of the stylus and/or touch-screen - their touch screen experience involves using their fingers with an Apple iPad on a regular basis, so they weren't thrilled with the stylus. Also, the Atom processor and Windows OS is really slow, especially when it comes to loading up programs. Again, they're used to faster notebooks at home. Maybe if they were using this in the classroom (where, one assumes, the systems are older than what you find in the home), they would be more patient.

Still, at this price it doesn't really make sense to get this as a gift for someone, when other normal notebooks are available for the younger set.

Cool Yule rating: 3 stars
Price: $575
Reviewed by Keith Shaw


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