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Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

March 27, 2007 at 4:18 PM

A mom that likes the TouchSmart

I agree with Mommyg that Hewlett-Packard’s Vista showcase is sturdy enough to be child-friendly, especially compared with Sony’s glass-trimmed Vaio all-in-ones and the iMac (I could just see one of those going backwards off the desk …).

From her comment today:

“I have two young kids and they love using this computer. My 3 yr old can now play games by pointing and dragging objects with his finger. This computer screen is not big enough to replace most TV sets that are found in living rooms or family rooms but it works great on a desk top. The design may seem klunky but I can appreciate a $1800 computer feeling sturdy and well placed since I have kids that use it daily.”

It really is the most child-friendly computer I’ve seen. I’ll bet HP could sell a lot of them to schools if they could get the price down, and if Microsoft would renew its effort to promote touch-enabled educational software development.

Speaking of form factors, Charlie Owen shared a comment he received, pointing him toward the original kitchen computer — a 1969 model that Neiman Marcus tried to sell for $10,600.

Comments | Topics: Gadgets & products, Microsoft

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