A Newport IT firm is donating six bespoke computer devices specifically designed for those with learning difficulties.

A2Z Computing, based in Newport, developed its own hybrid PC called the Fizzbook Duo which can be used as a tablet and a laptop for accelerated learning among young people, especially those with learning difficulties.

The IT firm, which is based in Mainee, is donating six Fizzbook Duo’s to Mencap in Chepstow.

Director of A2Z Computing Az Ashraf said: “Even when we were developing the product, we wanted it to make a difference to the lives of those who need a little extra support, as well as help those immediate family members who are keen to aide their learning.

“We wanted to make a difference to the local community, too, and that is where Mencap comes in. We hope the Fizzbook Duos can help make a difference to those people currently being supported by the charity and its fantastic team.”

Bev Harvey, assistant service manager at Chepstow Mencap, said: “We are so pleased to have such a positive relationship with Az and his team at A2Z and we are incredibly grateful of the donation of six Fizzbooks, they have gone over and above for us here at Chepstow Mencap.

“The kind donation of these computers will make a big difference for the people who use our facilities at The Berkeley and it means that we can use them anywhere in the building, for all sorts of activities. Everything from literacy and numeracy skills, to researching the internet, the Fizzbooks are portable, tough, and user friendly – and we can’t wait to make great use of them!”

Mr Ashraf said: “The Fizzbook Duo was designed to fit in with a range of lifestyles. The simple transition from laptop to tablet mode ensures that the device is usable in any setting; whether that be in the car, sat in a doctors surgery or on the sofa. The Fizzbook Duo has up to eight hours of battery life once in tablet mode; making nighttime and weekend learning accessible at relative ease.”

A2Z Computing currently employs seven staff but is set to be making a series of new appointments throughout the year across the different arms of the business.