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Jun 17, 2009

Disney Teams Up with ASUS

Call it "Baby's First Laptop." Disney's branded netbooks are kid-proof and kid-friendly, and pack plenty of power to boot. Also known as the ASUS MK90 and MK90H, these "Netpals" are rugged and durable with a spill-proof keyboard and ShockShield protection that should save data in a fall. More importantly, parents can be confident that their children will be safe, with more than 40 robust parental control options.

The systems come in Princess Pink and Magic Blue and offer customizable themes that kids can set to their favorite Disney films and characters, including Club Penguin, WALL-E, Hannah Montana, and JONAS. The netbooks also come with a sizable software bundle, including Disney-branded media-management software (Disney Mix), photo software (Disney Pix), games, widgets, and more, that all launch from the Disney Magic Desktop.

More on the Netpal's specs after the jump.

The netbook runs on an Intel Atom N270 processor, with 1GB of DDR2 RAM. It includes an 8.9-inch LED-backlit screen with a 1,024-by-600 resolution. The ASUS MK90H offers a 160GB spinning drive, while the MK90, exclusive to Toys 'R' Us, will have a 16GB solid-state drive. Otherwise the systems are identical. Both feature a VGA port, 3 USB ports, an Ethernet jack, audio-out and Mic-in, a multi-card reader, and a 0.3-megapixel webcam. Both systems offer 802.11 b/g/n and ASUS promises 5 hours of battery life. The MK90H weighs in at just over 2.6 pounds and the lighter MK90 is only 2.2 pounds thanks to its SSD. Both run Windows XP Home.

The Netpal will be available in late July. It's recommended for kdis ages 6-12 and will retail for $349.99.

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