Invenire 1220

Invenire 1220

For inventors, explorers and all those who love to discover, we built a desktop that gives you a glimpse into the beautiful guts of your machine. Peek through the clear plastic side to see what makes this computer run.

Designed for students of all ages, this desktop is packed with features specific to learning. While many distros run on this machine, if it is being purchased for a younger student we highly recommend that you select Qimo. It features large icons and easy-to-use menus so children can easily learn to navigate on their own. Qimo is useable by children as young as three years, but it remains engaging and versatile for older children as well. If purchasing for an older student or teen, feel free to select Ubuntu or another sophisticated distro.

The enlightening experience becomes even brighter with LED lights installed inside the case: an enchanting nightlight for young ones or comforting ambience lighting for teens doing homework into the late-night hours. Give your child the choice of four colors to personalize the adventure.


  • LED lights in four color choices -- red, green, blue or UV
  • Intel CPU
  • Intel GMA X4500 graphics controller

Ports and slots:

  • Front Ports:
    • 2 USB 2.0 ports
    • Headphone and mic jacks
  • Rear Ports:
    • 4 USB 2.0 ports
    • 2 PS/2 ports
    • VGA port
    • HDMI port
    • 10/100 Ethernet port
    • Audio I/O jacks
  • Internal Slots:
    • PCI-Express x16 slot
    • PCI-Express x1 slot
    • 32-bit PCI slot

Understanding software is just as important as knowing hardware. Several programs exist to help younger children and older newcomers learn programming through visual analogies. Both Alice, from Carnegie Mellon University, and Scratch, developed by MIT's Lifelong Kindergarten Group, are available free for use with Linux. For users who want to take the plunge right into a "real" programming language, Python is a great (and free) option.

With a desktop built towards fostering a foundational knowledge of computer components, the Invenire 1220 provides a solid experience with a purely open source machine.


"And even if that weren’t enough reason to recommend ZaReason, this Invenire itself is a great machine. It may not look like it was designed for kids, but trust me on this one, it will get their attention and their interest."

--Michael Hale at Qimo For Kids. (Read the rest of the review here)

Operating System
Storage Drive
Storage Drive #2
Optical Drive
Video card
Card Reader
Power Supply
Price: $ 399
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Customer Reviews

  • Author: Chris Hynes
    I got one of these for my son with the lights in the machine. He asks me to leave it on at night. It has a silent fan, so I do. It's his nightlight.
  • Author: Nicole
    We purchased one Invenire for testing and are considering getting more for our school lab. We were thinking that using different color lights in each box would help create a fun, calming atmosphere while the kids work in the computer lab. I take the kids to the computer lab 3 times a week to work on their writing or do skills practice. It's really important that they work in a comfortable environment. By putting the desktops actually on the desk, it separates each work station nicely and the lights are so calming. I can't wait to see what it looks like in a whole lab!
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