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Hands-on with the OLPC XO laptop

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At the CES 2008 Press Preview in New York City, AMD was showing off, among other PCs, the OLPC XO laptop. If you're not familiar, the XO is the brainchild of MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte, and though the $200 price tag came in a bit higher than the original $100 goal, the device is still a serious machine, wrapped in a playful shell. For the next couple of weeks, you can even buy an XO laptop for yourself, so long as you also pay to donate one to a needy child.

The XO laptop is a stiff piece of plastic, and opening the device took some effort. Then we realized you had to flip up the rabbit-ear antennas to open the laptop, but it still felt very sturdy and solid. It felt like you could drop it from the back of a moving pickup, it was wrapped in so much thick plastic. Still, plastic isn't very heavy, and the device was easy to manipulate one-handed.

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