Well after a few days of looking I’m happy to report that I finally did find a UMPC that fits in the needs of our district! Welcome the new HP Mini Note to the charging outlet at school!
It’s small, it’s powerful and it runs VISTA BUSINESS! I haven’t had a chance yet to use the integrated webcam but am looking forward to Skyping with it. I did go ahead and have the battery upgraded. Since I’m going between 5 buildings it’s important that one charge last quite awhile. If I can add an extra hour of work time to my charge for a few extra dollars it’s worth it!
When my tech guy handed it to me he said, “Enjoy! It’s built like a brick!” And he was right. He was also concerned about the computer not having a CD drive but I know that most of my stuff is on line. The last time I got actual programming off a disc for my laptop was years ago. As long as I have wifi or a network cable I have everything I need. I can’t wait to take this new tool with me to my next conference! I’ve shown it to a few of my “techie” Middle School students and they couldn’t wait to try it out with me. They kept saying, “That thing is smaller than some of my books!” That’s the idea guys! What a great way to start the year.