In June last year, training software and hardware vendor Kano announced an ambitious new project: a build-your-own computer kit based on x86 hardware and Windows 10. This replaces similar products that Kano has been offering for years, based on the Raspberry Pi. The finished product, designed in collaboration with Microsoft, was launched today.
The Kano PC, which sells for $ 299, is an 11.6 “touchscreen two-in-one design, useful as either a tablet or laptop – even if it’s a Windows system, it’s very similar to an extremely chunky Android tablet in a folding case with a built-in The case contains a built-in stand to support the screen in a horizontal view, as well as the integrated keyboard and touchpad.
The Canoe comes with Windows 10 Home in S mode and is powered by an Intel Celeron N4000 CPU, 4 GB DDR3L RAM and 64 GB eMMC storage. It also has a Micro SD card slot for adding storage later. Wi-Fi connection is included, but it’s not great – the specifications describe it as dual band b / g / n, with Bluetooth 5.0. The resolution of the touch screen is 1366×768, and video can be shot to an external monitor via an HDMI port. The system also offers two USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port and three audio jacks (two out, one in).
The canoe PC is really happy and rude aimed at children, with bright colors and plastic everywhere. But the best thing about the system is probably its modular design – the reason it’s so chunky is that the main components snap together something like Legos and can be replaced individually (and eventually upgraded).
The back of the Kano PC case is transparent, so the children can see what is inside even after it has been mounted, and it should be quite robust. Kano says that the screen “can withstand a steel ball that sank from six feet” – even if it does not indicate how big that steel ball is.
Kano hopes the device will compete with Chromebooks to become the primary device for students in the classroom, rather than being moved to a single odd ball device in the corner. Running a full Windows operating system – even in S mode – offers more flexibility than ChromeOS, but flexibility is a double-edged sword. Students may be able to learn more from devices that are not as tightly locked as a Chromebook, but they also have a much greater chance of making them unusable due to malware or misconfiguration.
It’s hard to say how Kano PC’s real performance will feel until we get a hand to test – and yes, we have ordered a retailer that will be reviewed here soon. Kano gave Novabench results that place the Kano computer far north of a $ 350 Acer Spin 11 – which should not be so surprising, since Spin 11 uses a Celeron N3350 instead of Kano’s N4000.
Although we are not very familiar with Novabench, it is reassuring to see that Kano PC’s specified CPU score of 225 is slightly higher than the N4000’s average CPU score of 212. This is a strong indicator that we will not Seeing some EVOO-style underclocking shenanigans keep the little Celeron from performing to its full potential.
The Kano PC is available today through the company’s store, Best Buy, and the Microsoft Store, with in-store sales expected at Best Buy locations in the US and Canada soon.
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