Disney and ASUS, the company largely responsible for the netbook craze, announced yesterday that they will release a Disney-themed netbook aimed at kids. Aside from the usual netbook specs, this model will feature Disney themes and features (including parental controls) based on Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, Wall-E, and Cars. It will also include a Magic Desktop with a Disney gadget tray, Disney web browser, Disney email, and even a Radio Disney widget.
The computer will be powered by an Intel Atom N270, 1GB of RAM, and your choice of a 16 GB solid state drive or a standard 160 GB hard drive. The SSD would be a nice option for some added durability, and if this is a purchase for younger children I would recommend going that route. It will ship with Windows XP, good for compatibility but I would have liked to see some type of Linux for added security. If you would like a complete list of specs (though if you’re at all familiar with netbooks, you probably know them by heart) visit MickeyNews.com. You’ll also have a choice of two colors: Princess Pink (with floral icons) or Magic Blue (with Mickey Mouse icons). I’m definitely a fan of Magic Blue!
Though we don’t have a release date yet, the cost of this netbook will be $350. This is just about standard for netbooks now, though you are surely paying for some of these enhancements. Overall, I really like the more subtle Disney color and design. It’s not in-your-face High School Musical stuff, which makes it something I would even like to own. I’ll keep an eye on this and let you know when I find out anything else.
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One more thing. Sorry it’s been so long since I got back here to post a new article. It’s been rather busy around here, so I’m glad I have some time to get back to the keyboard.