Asus Disney Netpal

Saturday, August 22, 2009

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My son started to be interested with the computer when he was two and a half years old. Now that he is already four he is so attached to the computer that he spends 4 to 6 hours a day in front it. He can't read yet but he knows his alphabet and he knows how to navigate to his favorite websites (game sites of course). I have also introduced him to the basics of computer graphics by teaching him how to create basic shapes and figures with a very light 3D authoring software. I also introduce him to KoolMoves, a light and not so complicated Flash authoring software. It amazes me to see him get on with these tools. He is also very much hooked with ArtRage, a paint tool that allows him to create digital paintings. Seeing all these things happening to my son really warms my heart that is why I have been thinking about buying him a netbook of his own. But of course I have my reservations, buying a four-year-old a netbook could be impractical. But now I came upon Disney Netpal, a netbook that is the result of the collaboration of Asus and Disney. This netbook is designed for children, it has a very comprehensive parental control system combined with a custom Disney-esque interface with games and all that.

The Specs: 8.9” 1024x600 Display, Atom N270 processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Windows XP Home and a 5-hour battery.

I am really tempted with buying it. But no, not yet.

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