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People with little experience of using computers can now get their hands on a broadband laptop designed for beginners.

The Alex system, which features both a 15.4-inch screen and a 120GB hard drive, is based on the Linux operating system and includes simplified browsing, office and email software.

People who want access to broadband services can also sign up to receive them when purchasing the machine, while other optional extras such as printers, speakers and cameras can also be purchased.

Barney Morrison-Lyons, head of Alex manufacturer the Broadband Computer Company, told the BBC that system is designed to be as simple to use as possible.

He added: "Alex is not designed as a super-computer. We're not buying into the current computer market."

Last month, O2 confirmed that it had cut the connection fees on several of its broadband laptop bundles.

The one-off costs have been slashed on deals including the Asus 1005H and Samsung R519 laptops.

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