New Laptop Aimed At Peanut Butter and Jelly Crowd
Toshiba has released a new kids-friendly computer to meet consumer demand.
Technology is topping toys when it comes to gifts that kids request. Nearly three of four parents reported that their kids ask for technology gadgets over traditional toys, according to a survey conducted by Opinion Solutions for electronics manufacturer Toshiba.
More than half of parents admit that their kids are more familiar with technology than they are, but only a quarter say they ask their kids for tech support. And while kids may have a better handle on tech, they're not the cleanest when it comes to gadgets. Parents complain about liquid spills the most, but ice cream runs a close second.
In response to the survey, Toshiba today announced the Satellite L635 Kids’ PC, the first full-sized laptop designed for children. It's got a wipeable keyboard that makes it peanut butter and jelly-proof, comes equipped with kid-safety software including KidZui, an Internet browser made for children, as well as Net Nanny, an Internet filter program that parents can be modified as their kids mature.
It also comes with software suited for homework, including Windows Office 2010 and Microsoft Live Essentials for mail and multimedia.
But having kid-friendly features does not mean lightweight function. The 13.3-inch HD Satellite comes with Windows 7 64-bit operating system, a 2-gigabyte dual core Intel Celeron processor, 2-gigabytes of DDR3 memory, 2-gigabytes of hard drive storage, built-in Dolby speakers, Webcam, microphone and DVD drive. Battery life is rated at 4.5 hours.
The Satellite Kids’ PC is available exclusively at Best Buy beginning Sept. 26, 2010 for $499.
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