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 800×480. 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.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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