ASUS Disney Netpal Arrives in the Philippines
ASUS the pioneer and leader in the netbook category with nearly 7 million Eee PC™ netbooks sold to date, announced the arrival of a netbook that is certain to put a sparkle into Filipino children's eyes—the Disney Netpal by ASUS. The product of a collaboration between ASUS and Disney Consumer Products (DCP), every facet of the Disney Netpal—from its hardware to its software—is infused with the Eee PC's™ trademark ease-of-use and Disney's charm, making it a child's study buddy and play pal, a perfect early back-to-school gift.
Globally launched last year, the ASUS Disney Netpal has 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 7 Starter, 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.
Computing Is Fun: Disney-themed Desktop, Applications and Games
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.
Computing Is Easy: Kid-friendly Magic Desktop, Applications and Widgets
The Disney Netpal by ASUS is designed to go from package to play in just minutes. Its Magic Desktop is an easy-to-use interface specially tailored to kids, boasting large icons and visual instructions that make it easy for kids to operate the computer. Rounding off the Disney Netpal by ASUS' kid-friendly edutainment features is a collection of easily-accessible widgets, including an alarm clock, a digital memo pad which inserts "reminder notes" on the Magic Desktop, and a calculator.
Computing Is Safe: Durable Design with Robust Kid-safe Features
The Disney Netpal by ASUS is designed to be kid-safe, both in terms of durability and content permissions. In terms of the former, the Disney Netpal by ASUS has a reinforced mechanical design that can withstand significant abuse, a spill-proof keyboard that protects against inadvertent liquid spills, and ShockShield Data Protection that guards against data loss when the computer is subjected to impacts. It also has a stable embedded polymer battery, which is safer as it prevents kids from inadvertently accessing or removing the battery and thereby subjecting themselves to electrical dangers.
With regard to content permissions, the Disney Netpal by ASUS provides a kid-safe computing environment through robust parental control measures, such as allowing parents to choose the websites their kids can visit, the people they can communicate with via email, and the programs they can use. These permissions can even be scheduled according to a calendar, providing parents with a convenient, automated means of granting access on the days and times set by them. Parents can also pull up data to determine where children spent time, and for how long. Right out of the box, the Disney browser launches more than 40 safe, pre-approved websites.
Pricing and Availability
The Disney Netpal by ASUS is available already in the select ASUS authorized dealers at Php19,990.
* Only available on models running English operating systems.
|Model||Disney Netpal by ASUS MK90H|
|Operating System||Genuine Windows® 7 Starter|
|CPU||Intel® ATOM N270|
|Memory||DDR2 SO-DIMM 1GB expandable 2GB max|
3 x USB 2.0 ports
|Camera||0.3 M Pixel|
|Reader||MMC and SD (SDHC supported)|
|Audio||Hi-definition audio CODEC|
Built-in stereo speakers
|Dimensions||248mm (W) x 173mm (D) x 28.7mm (H)|
|Weight||1kg with battery|
|Casing Colors||Princess Pink, Magic Blue|
** Price may vary by location and specifications.
*** Subject to system configuration and usage.
Note: Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. Please visit www.asus.com for more details.
ASUS Disney Netpal Arrives in the Philippines Reviewed by Jepoy on 5/06/2010 06:05:00 PM Rating: