Lexibook Unveiled a New Laptab Education Tablet at CES 2013

lexibook laptab 2Educational tablets are a hot topic at CES this year with a number of companies like Vivitar/OLPC, Polaroid, and more showing off their idea of the tablet and apps kids should have. I was just at the booth of one of those companies today and it could be one you've never heard of. Lexibook is originally a French company which moved into the education market about 10 years ago. They entered the US market in August of 2012. This company has a number of different tablets on the market, and you can even find one at Toys R Us. But the gadget that most interested me today was the updated Laptab.

lexibook laptab 3This is a 7" netbook convertible running Android 4.0 on a 1GHz CPU with 4GB Flash storage, an SD card slot,  a mike & speaker, and a screen resolution of 800x480. The keyboard had a custom layout with a number of keys set to fill the need of students, and unlike many Android netbooks the Laptab is also equipped with a capacitive touchscreen.

The hardware was generally a little dated, but theere were signs that Lexibook put a lot of work into customizing it for use in school. I'm not terribly familiar with educational software, but I did drill down into the settings menu and learned that Lexibook had customized the Android firmware Some education Android tablets (the Polaroid PTab 750 in particular) run a stock Android with very few changes or additions.

I have always had a fondness for netbook convertibles. I even own one, though that's not a model I'd recommend buying. While I know that a lot of schools are going for tablets because they are trim and efficient, I still need a keyboard and I love any hardware that combines the features of the tablet with a netbook.

Aside from the green color I thought this was a very cool gadget. I'm currently working on getting a review unit, and I plan to post a review.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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