A modified version of Intel's Classmate PC launches in the UK this week, with distributor Actronix releasing the £239 JumPC.

The JumPC is aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 10 and combines the Windows XP operating system with EasyBits' Magic Desktop user interface, which includes a number of features designed to keep children safe online.

Magic Desktop works on top of Windows, protecting system settings and allowing parents to control which programs children can access. It also features educational and entertainment programs and a web browser designed to ensure children don't visit inappropriate websites.

As for the hardware, the JumPC features an Intel Celeron chip, 512MB of RAM, a waterproof keyboard and a 7in screen. The JumPC is also designed for durability, including a 2GB solid-state hard disk as standard, although a traditional 30GB hard drive is available as an option. The 1.3kg system measures 241mm x 256mm x 42mm. Other features include 802.11b/g Wi-Fi support, stereo speakers, and a webcam.

Actronix said the system has already launched in Italy and Germany, where 30 000 units have already been sold.