May 03 2005
I just saw that Apple has updated their eMacs and that reminded me about laptops that Shane and I tested whilst we were in the Sixth Form. I finally managed to track them down on Google and they were in fact the Apple eMates. At the time they were being touted as the ideal school laptop. From what I can remember they were shockingly bad. Their design was definately robust but they looked like they’d been designed for 8-12yr olds not 17/18yr olds. The OS was useless, the interface was crap, the touch screen was a good idea but the writing recognition wasn’t up to speed and I never have liked writing on touch-screens.
Not supprisingly the school decided not to go with them. They go a batch lot of old PC’s from a bank and tried setting up a Windows network with them instead.. I think that mostly failed as well.