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A real world laptop for real world change. The XO laptop.

Many years and an infinite amount of sweat equity went into the creation of the XO laptop. Designed collaboratively by experts from academia and industry, the XO is the product of the very best thinking about technology and learning. It was designed with the real world in mind, considering everything from extreme environmental conditions such as high heat and humidity, to technological issues such as local language support. As a result, the XO laptop is extremely durable, brilliantly functional, energy-efficient, responsive, and fun. Come take a look.


The XO laptop has built-in functionality for still and video photography, voice recording, and game playing.


Built-in microphone

The XO laptop has a built-in microphone to allow for voice communication and recording. There is also an external microphone jack that supports both AC and DC sources.


Backlit display

The XO’s display functions in a full-color mode similar to other laptop displays, and in an ultra-low-power, ultra-high-resolution, black-and-white mode that’s readable in direct sunlight, for children in developing countries who attend school outdoors.


Built-in speakers

Internal stereo speakers and an amplifier provide a way for children to play music, videos, and anything they have recorded themselves. There’s also a jack for external headphones or speakers. Both the built-in camera and microphone illuminate a green LED light when in use, offering a measure of protection against unauthorized recording.


Game controller

The XO laptop features two sets of four-direction cursor-control keys built into the display frame. These keys can be usedwhen the screen is folded flat into handheld mode, creating a self-contained e-book reader, media device, or game player.


Screen rotation

A button on the XO laptop’s display frame changes the orientation of the screen, so it can be viewed right-side-up from any direction. This offers possibilities such as reading books in vertical orientation in handheld mode, or viewing a video while the laptop hangs upside down on the wall from its handle.


Built-in camera

The XO laptop has a built-in color camera providing still photography and video recording capabilities.




In addition to its superior connective capabilities, the XO laptop can work with a wide range of external devices.




Antennae ears

The XO laptop’s wireless antennae “ears” are made of rugged, dual-molded nylon plastic. When rotated up, the XO’s antennae are vastly superior to most conventional laptops’ built-in antennae, and help connect children automatically to the mesh network. When down, they keep dirt out of the audio and USB connectors and act as a locking mechanism for the laptop.


External headphones & microphone jacks

Along with built-in speakers and microphone, the XO laptop features jacks for external headphones and an external microphone.


USB/memory ports

The XO laptop features three external USB ports to support a variety of plug-in peripherals.


SD memory slot

A built-in slot underneath the XO laptop’s monitor accepts SD Memory Cards for photos, video, and other content.


Power jack

The XO comes with a power cord that can be plugged into any 110-to-240-volt AC outlet for charging. The power jack also accepts DC power from a solar panel for charging the XO laptop’s battery.


Rechargeable battery

Since many children in the developing world live “off the grid’’ (in places with poor or non-existent power infrastructure), the XO laptop is designed to be extremely power efficient. The batteries operate for up to 2,000 recharge cycles (four times the lifetime of a typical laptop battery). They are extremely efficient, contain no toxic heavy metals, and can be recharged by a low-cost solar panel.




Along with everything you’d expect from a laptop keyboard, the XO provides some innovative keyboard shortcuts. Four buttons along the top left of the keyboard allow children to navigate through the collaborative “zoom” levels to see others and their shared activities.


Split trackpad

XO laptops employ a novel dual-mode touchpad with sensor technology that supports both finger touch and a stylus.