Dell Latitude 2100

Touchscreen is still a novelty, yet many companies have shown some potential in the field. Let's take a look at one of the best touchscreen laptops to date. Here we present you the Dell Latitude 2100,  a notebook that is aimed at schoolchildren and students.

Built around a 10.1-inch touchscreen, this laptop sports a small keyboard and an average touchpad. The 10.1" wide-screen display provides a 1,024x576 native resolution.

This system is powered by an Intel 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU, also boasting a 16GB solid-state drive and 512MB of RAM. The Latitude 2100 comes preloaded with either Windows Vista Home Basic, Unbuntu Linux or Windows XP. You also get Bluetooth, 802.11n and a webcam.

This machine measures  265x187x22.5-39.9mm and weighS just over 1.30 pounds, which makes it a bit heavy for kids.

In terms of battery life, the machine comes with a six-cell battery that will survive up to 6.5 hours. Priced at roughly USD 520, the Latitude 2100 features a laptop screen with touch capability.

Pros include: touch-screen option, rugged design. Shortcomings include: big and bulky, tiny keyboard.

Our verdict: a very good option for scholars. If they decide to make it a little less kid-oriented, the 2100 will be a good option for anyone looking for a touchpad laptop.