The XO laptop has a built-in color camera providing still photography and video recording capabilities.
Internal stereo speakers and an amplifier provide a way for children to play music, videos, and anything they have recorded themselves. There is also a jack for external headphones or speakers. Both the built-in camera and microphone illuminate a green LED light when in use, offering a measure of protection against unauthorized recording.
The XO laptop features two sets of four-direction cursor-control keys built into the display frame. These keys can be usedwhen the screen is folded flat into handheld mode, creating a self-contained e-book reader, media device, or game player.
The XO laptop has a built-in microphone to allow for voice communication and recording. There is also an external microphone jack that supports both AC and DC sources.
The XO's display functions in a full-color mode similar to other laptop displays, and in an ultra-low-power, ultra-high-resolution, black-and-white mode that is readable in direct sunlight, for children in developing countries who attend school outdoors.
The XO laptop features two sets of four-direction cursor-control keys built into the display frame. These keys can be used when the screen is folded flat into handheld mode, creating a self-contained e-book reader, media device, or game player.
A button on the XO laptop's display frame changes the orientation of the screen, so it can be viewed right-side-up from any direction. This offers possibilities such as reading books in vertical orientation in handheld mode, or viewing a video while the laptop hangs upside down on the wall from its handle.
In addition to its superior connective capabilities, the XO laptop can work with a wide range of external devices.
SD memory slot
A built-in slot underneath the XO laptop's monitor accepts SD Memory Cards for photos, video, and other content.
The XO laptop's wireless antennae are made of rugged, dual-molded nylon plastic. When rotated up, the XO's antennae are vastly superior to most conventional laptops' built-in antennae, and help connect children automatically to the mesh network. When down, they keep dirt out of the audio and USB connectors and act as a locking mechanism for the laptop.
External headphones & microphone jacks
Along with built-in speakers and microphone, the XO laptop features jacks for external headphones and an external microphone.
The XO laptop features three external USB ports to support a variety of plug-in peripherals.
The XO comes with a power cord that can be plugged into any 110-to-240-volt AC outlet for charging (an adaptor may be needed for compatibility). The power jack also accepts DC power from a solar panel for charging the XO laptop's battery.
Along with everything you'd expect from a laptop keyboard, the XO provides some innovative keyboard shortcuts. Four buttons along the top left of the keyboard allow children to navigate through the collaborative "zoom" levels to see others and their shared activities.
XO laptops employ a novel dual-mode touchpad with sensor technology that supports both finger touch and a stylus.