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COOL TECH (for kids): the PeeWee Pivot 2.0 HR Tablet Laptop Review

Photography Credit: KimBe Photography
Now that summer is approaching and school is just about over, we’ve been looking for way to keep our Kindergartner from forgetting what he’s learned this year, so he’s just as ready for first grade in September as he is now. Since it will be summer vacation, we’d like something fun that is still portable and durable enough to take with us wherever we go. If you’re a PC person a great option is the PeeWee PC: little laptops designed to be sturdy, safe & fun for kids while giving you some peace of mind. Recently PeeWee PC sent me a demo model to test out and we’ve had quite a bit of fun with it while it’s been here.

The PeeWee Pivot 2.0 HR Tablet Laptop offers lots of great features that you’d find on a regular laptop tailored to the needs of children. Built on the Intel Atom processor, this is a very fully featured little laptop that offers a pivoting screen so that you can transform it into a tablet, complete with a little hidden stylus in the side for text input or drawing on the screen. The high resolution screen is touch sensitive for use in tablet mode. There is also a swiveling built in camera perfect for video chats The best feature is of course that it is designed for children. The size is perfect for little hands and it offers a built in carry handle. The battery pack offers a little bump out that positions the laptop at a nice angle as well. Great detail. Even better, it’s rugged. With a sealed keyboard and slip proof cover, this laptop is meant to be used and carried by little ones, so it’s able to withstand some less delicate touches, splashes and does a good job staying put on the table or desk. It is housed in a spill and drop resistant rubber case with a removable handle for easy toting when needed. There are 15 educational games and 2 Security Suites included with the laptop, which also features a 1 year warranty and lifetime support.

The other great feature is that in addition to all of the standard Windows 7 fare it includes all of that software designed for children, both security options to keep them safe on the Internet and a suite of educational games at three levels: Pre-K, Early Elementary and Upper Elementary plus some extras like an e-book reader and an art program  My three boys are right in the Pre-K to early Elementary range, but they did enjoy trying out all 3 levels and could navigate easily on their own. The games are educational in nature, to keep reading and math skills in mind over the long summer break, but fun enough to hold their attention. And because it is a real laptop, it functions as a real laptop, not just as a toy with internet access, video chat and more which means it keeps on going as they get older.

Photography Credit: KimBe PhotographyThis really is a great option to not only offer a variety of educational options, but that will withstand the harder knocks that a child can dish out. Easily portable, it really can go anywhere with your child, be it to hanging out in the playroom, plopped into a backpack for a visit to a friends house or away on vacation. Your child will be able to keep practicing school skills all year round and develop valuable computer skills at an early age without putting the main household computer or laptop at risk in any way. Not to mention that the security options allow you to tailor access to suit your child and keep him or her safe as well.

The PeeWee Pivot 2.0 HR Tablet Laptop currently sells for $599.00. 2 other models are also available, the PeeWee Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop (screen is not high resolution, $575.00) and the PeeWee Power 2.0 Laptop (non-rotaing screen, $449.00). Please visit the PeeWee PC site for more details.

  

The full details:

What’s included:


Microsoft® Windows® 7 Starter - Pre-Installed


Utilities
Tablet Sensor Functionality: When switching from clamshell to tablet mode, display rotates 180-degrees
Accelerometer Functionality: Display rotates as device is rotated
Intel Quick Launcher
Easy Network Manager
Intel Power Manager
Quick Control Panel
Touch Screen Calibration
Pre-Installed Software

15 PeeWee KIT Educational Games
Pre-Kindergarten
Bailey’s Book House
Sammy’s Science House
Thinkin’ Things Toony The Loon’s Lagoon
Trudy’s Time & Place House
Millie’s Math House


Early Elementary
Mighty Math Carnival Countdown
Zoombinis Island Odyssey
Reader Rabbit 1st Grade: Capers on Cloud Nine
Reader Rabbit 2nd Grade: Mis-cheese-ious Dreamship Adventures
Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum


Upper Elementary
Thinkin’ Things Collection 3
Mighty Math Calculating Crew
The Oregon Trail 5th Edition
Mighty Math Number Heroes
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?


ArtRage 2 - Painting tool
ArtRage is a fun and easy-to-use painting tool that lets you play with realistic paints on your computer. You can create your own paintings from nothing, load in photos, and recreate them with oil paints, pencils, felt pens, or any of the other tools ArtRage has to offer.


MyScript Stylus - Handwriting recognition
Write naturally on your TabletPC or Graphic Tablet screen and MyScript Stylus Windows converts your handwriting into computer readable and exploitable text!MyScript Stylus Windows replaces your keyboard in applications requiring text entry. MyScript Stylus Windows transforms your handwriting into typed text and inserts it at the position of the cursor in the application you are working with (text editor, task manager, calendar, etc.). MyScript Stylus Windows is available in two language configurations (English and French) and understands both hand printed and cursive handwriting.MyScript Stylus not only provides handwriting and character recognition, it also provides a virtual on screen keyboard and math keyboard which accept input by taping on the screen (useful when the screen is folded into tablet mode and the keyboard is not available)


FBReader - e-book reader
FBReader is an e-book reader which supports several e-book formats including: fb2, html, chm, rtf, plucker etc.. Direct reading from zip, tar, gzip and bzip2 archives is also supported.


Foxit Reader - pdf viewer
Foxit reader is a very fast and efficient tool for opening, viewing, commenting and printing PDFs. Annotation tool: Foxit Reader allows you to draw graphics, highlight text, type text and make notes on a PDF document and then print out or save the annotated document. Save fillable forms after filling them out so you can continue anytime. Text converter: You may convert the whole PDF document into a simple text file. High security and privacy: Foxit Reader highly respects the security and privacy of users and will never connect to the Internet without users’ permission while other PDF readers often silently connect.


ArcSoft Webcam Companion - webcam tools
ArcSoft WebCam Companion offers a broad range of applications designed and optimized for webcam use, whether utilized to record video or to take a special photo, ArcSoft WebCam Companion lets you get the most out of your netbook’s webcam.


Evernote - Note-Taking
Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.


CPU & PLATFORM

Intel® Atom™ Processor N450 1.66GHz
Intel 945GSE Chipset


UTILITIES
Tablet Sensor: When switching from clamshell to tablet mode, display rotates 180-degrees
Accelerometer: Display rotates as device is rotated

CARRYING HANDLE

Carrying handle is easily removable. Just remove the battery, remove the 4 screws that affix the handle, remove the handle and replace the battery.


STORAGE
160GB 1.8” PATA HDD
2-in-1 SD/MMC memory card reader
Supports boot from card reader and USB
USB 2.0 Interface for external storage.

INPUT
Water Resistant Physical Keyboard - when screen is rotated in clamshell mode
Touch pad (Mouse)
Touch Screen accepts handwriting recongnition and virtual on-screen keyboard
I/O PORTS
2 USB 2.0 Ports
1 x RJ-45 10/100 LAN
1/8” External Microphone-in jack
1/8” External headphone jack
2-in-1 SD/MMC memory card reader
Kensington Lock Ready.
VGA Port (15 Pin VGA)


MEMORY
1GB Standard (Upgradeable to 2GB)


NETWORK
10/100M Ethernet
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with open mesh support (Linux Only)
Mini-card form factor, single antenna
Bluetooth
Security: WPA, WPA-PSK, WPA2, WPA2-PSK


DIMENSIONS AND POWER

Size: 10.5” (W) x 7.6” (H) x 1.2” (D)
Weight: 3.7 lbs
6-cell Li lon Battery
Battery life aprox 5hrs+ typical usage time


AUDIO, SPEAKER, MICROPHONE
Integrated 2 channel audio w/ 1W speakers
Built-in speaker and microphone


VIDEO

10.1’ Touch Screen
1366x768 Standard
Integrated UMA Intel Graphics
Integrated camera


WEB CAM
Integrated 1.3MP webcam which rotates 180 degrees to allow creative interaction

 

OPERATING SYSTEM

Microsoft® Windows® 7 Starter - Installed
Supports Linux (ETA April 2009)


WARRANTY
1 Year Depot/Mail-in Parts and Labor Warranty


OTHER
Resisitive Touch Input
Includes stylus/pen for resistive touch input
Built-in accelerometer senses orientation and automatically switches screen between portrait and landscape modes


DROP TEST
Ruggedized: Tested with 50cm Drop Test