ASUS and Disney have announced a netbook designed for children ages 6-12. The Disney Netpal netbooks will be available in Junly and the MSRP is $350. Here is more info on this upcoming netbook for kids:
"Developed with parents and kids in mind, the Disney Netpal by ASUS boasts a durable, reinforced mechanical design, and offers a truly magical and engaging computing experience with its unique Disney user interface. Features include more than 40 robust parental control options, an 8.9-inch LCD display, Wi-Fi capabilities, Windows XP Home, and kid-friendly software featuring Disney characters and icons in stunning visual environments. Browsers and email have extra filters to assure that kids only get access to safe content, and parents can easily select whom children can correspond with via email. The Magic Desktop "gadget tray" offers a creatively designed 2D menu displaying Disney email, Disney browser and Disney parental control options.
From the lively Disney graphics on the LCD lid and Mickey-shaped webcam lens to the Disney-themed desktop and special Disney applications, the Disney Netpal by ASUS perfectly captures the magic of Disney. Kids can dress their desktops?aptly named Magic Desktop?in a wide variety of customizable themes featuring the lovable characters from Disney's and Disney∙Pixar's animated blockbusters, including Cars, Club Penguin, Disney Classic Characters, Disney Fairies, Disney Princess, Vintage Mickey Mouse, Toy Story and WALL-E. Themes that appeal to slightly older kids, such as Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers styles, are also available.
Adding to the educational fun are Disney-developed applications such as Disney Mix for music and media management, Disney Pix for photo customization and organization, and Radio Disney. The Disney Pix application features fun Disney Bobblehead software, which lets kids insert images of their faces on top of bodies, download them into videos and postcards and play wacky moving dance scenes, for hours of fun. The Radio Disney widget streams real-time music and lets kids simultaneously submit song requests, if they wish. The Disney Netpal by ASUS also includes a driving game, memory game and photo scrapbook.
Pricing and Availability
The Disney Netpal by ASUS will be launched in the US at a suggested retail price of $349. It comes in two choices of stylishly designed lids; Princess Pink boasts beautiful pink florals and Magic Blue cleverly displays rows of miniature Mickey icons. Retailers include ToysRUs, DisneyStore.com and Amazon.com. The Disney Netpal by ASUS will be made available in other countries in the Asia Pacific and Europe at a later date. For more information on international pricing and availability, visit www.asus.com "