Intel's refreshed Convertible Classmate PC's never going to be your everyday laptop, but it's more than equipped to be your kid's. And it may be showing up in his or her school before you know it.
Essentially, what Intel announced today is a refresh, bringing their 2008 Classmate Convertible's performance up to par with your standard netbook. That means an Atom 450 processor under the hood, 160GB HD, listed 8.5 hours battery life, and a 10.1-inch 1366x768 display along with the same rotating webcam as the previous iteration. Then you throw in some kid-friendly features, like a water-resistant screen, keyboard, and touchpad, HDD shock protection, and an improved ruggedized exterior that can withstand a "desk-height" drop. There's also a handle, for easy toting.