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Do you think I am crazy if I told you that you can get a brand new laptop at RM350 only? Yes, these laptops which cost no more than RM350 are new and not refurbished computers!

These are actually the long awaited US$100 (RM350) mini-computer from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative. It is aimed at improving the quality of education in developing nations.

Cheap laptop

The laptop is named as the XO laptop, and is viewed as a learning tool created expressly for the world’s poorest children living in its most remote areas. The laptop was designed collaboratively by experts from the world’s cleverest and richest people.

The most intriguing feature of the new laptop is not the low price, though this is quite a feat, but that it won’t be reliant on conventional power sources. The final details of the dynamo-power feature are yet to be announced, but the makers say owners will be able to power it up by yanking a ripcord or winding a handle.

You can read more about the project at laptop.org.