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Disney Uses Asus Netbook to Make 'Netpal'

With options for Disney Princess Pink and Disney Magic Blue colors as well as Hannah Montana, Wall•E and Cars themes, the computers will definitely appeal to Disney fans, but what about parents? Specs-wise you’re looking at Intel’s N270 Atom processor (1.6GHz), 1 GB RAM, Windows XP Home, an 8.9-inch display, a 160 GB HDD (or a 16 GB SSD) SD/MMC card reader, 3 x USB 2.0, a VGA port and a webcam. It’s also got a spill-proof keyboard Asus’ ShockShield technology to prevent data loss if your kid has a habit of throwing his or her backpack on the hall floor when they get home from school.

If the press release is anything to go by, the parental controls are actually pretty decent. Parents can restrict email to only allow mail from a few addresses and choose the browsers and the websites their kids visit, as well as the programs they use. These permissions can also be scheduled on a calendar, allowing you to set the time or days your kids can access the internet. Parents can also pull up data to determine where children spent time, and for how long. Additional websites can be added for access, but only if the parent approves and submits the request and enters the correct password.

Alright, so it sounds like the perfect computer to give to your little boy or girl but how much would you be willing to drop on one? As you guys can tell from the specifications above, it’s pretty much child-proof version of your average netbook, which means it’s going to have a nice netbook pricetag of $350. Would you consider buying one of these for your kid? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Titanius
    "Disney Uses Asus Netbook to Make 'Netpal'

    Acer and Disney have gotten together and come up with a Disney-branded Acer netbook, which they’re calling a netpal."

    I'm confused, is it Acer or ASUS?
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  • squatchman
    The picture definitely says ASUS on the hardware.

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  • Get some proof readers or better editors! The title and picture show ASUS hardware, yet you refer to ACER in the sub-line. Seriously, stop with the less then amateur mistakes.
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  • "Acer and Disney have gotten together and come up with a Disney-branded Acer netbook, which they’re calling a netpal."

    Err, Acer?

    Seriously people, read your article for errors at least once before you post it.

    Little mistakes are OK, but this is totally unacceptable.
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  • ..." Seriously, stop with the less then amateur mistakes."

    I'm guessing you mean less than amateur mistakes? Seriously, proof your comments before you post them!
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  • JMcEntegart
    Sorry guys. Should be all fixed now.
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  • erigolhuhu
    I just got here and the error is still there ...

    Come on ppl, mistakes happen ... I would like to see one page written by you without spelling check ...
    They try to write those things as quick as possible so we can have the news as soon as possible and you complain and tell them not to post anymore?
    Look in the mirror first before calling someone else ugly !
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  • JMcEntegart
    I briefly pulled and reposted the entire thing to see if the updates would go live that way, looks like they have. Again, sorry for the delay.
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  • marks_01
    So, to answer the original question: Yes! I'd love to have a child-proof or semi-ruggetized netbook for my kid. I think Disney/Asus really have a hot product here.

    Okay, so someone accidentally said Acer instead of ASUS. Who cares. We still got the content we wanted from the article and if you care enough about the product to look it up, you'll quickly find out whether it's ASUS or Acer... no harm no foul.

    ... and I'd like to give a big "shut the 'ell up" to the guy who bitches about the proof-reading but doesn't know the diff. between "then" and "than."
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  • erigolhuhu
    marks_01and I'd like to give a big "shut the 'ell up" to the guy who bitches about the proof-reading but doesn't know the diff. between "then" and "than."
    100% agreed !!!
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