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Disney and ASUS team up for family-friendly netbook

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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.

For the complete article, click here.

 

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. 

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