SEATTLE -- Dell Inc. is trying to extend its lead with its first "netbook" designed for young students.
The Round Rock, Texas-based company unveiled its new Latitude 2100 Tuesday in Australia at a time when adult consumers and businesses have cut back on technology spending.
It's part of a newly popular category of computer that's much like a laptop, but cheaper, smaller, lighter and less powerful.
Unlike Dell's other netbooks, the 2100's shell is made from brightly colored, easily gripped rubber, not slippery plastic.
And a light on the lid of the computer tells teachers when kids are connected to the Internet.
The 2100 is aimed at students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It has a 10-inch screen and a keyboard that's a little bigger than regular netbooks.
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