OLPC Christmas Buy One Give One

The OLPC price talks have subsided, and consumers that want to get their hands on an XO laptop will have to fork out $399 (£200/€225) on the November 12th release date. What was once considered to be the $100 laptop now actually runs $200 to manufacture, and therefore with every retail purchase an XO laptop will also be donated by a campaign known as “Give 1 Get 1.”

Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), had this to say about the big news:

Starting November 12, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a Give 1 Get 1 Program for a brief window of time. For $399, you will be purchasing two XO laptops–one that will be sent to empower a child to learn in a developing nation, and one that will be sent to your child at home.

OLPC Specs While I know that the extra $200 will be going to a good cause, I still can’t help but think that you can get a “real” laptop for a similar price. Maybe it’s worth it if you’re looking for a laptop with a swivel screen, but you should know some of the specs before committing to one of these:

  • 433MHz Processor
  • 256MB RAM
  • 1GB Flash storage (serves as your hard drive)
  • 7.5″ display (1200 x 900 resolution)
  • Dual touchpad supports written-input mode
  • Integrated 802.11b/g (2.4GHz) interface; 802.11s (Mesh) networking supported
  • Integrated color vision camera (640