07. 13. 2009
Bandai's New Notebook: Too Cute for Words
Japan is known for its of out of this world tech and it's obsession with anything cute and animated (Hello Kitty anyone?). And toymaker Bandai, creators of Girlz Connect and the wildly popular Tomagotchi digital pet, sees no reason why cute and tech should ever be separate.
Their latest creation takes the adorable cartoon character RilakKuma, a lovable bear that loves nothing more than sleeping and eating mochi with a netbook creating what could possibly be the cutest piece of tech ever. The netbook is pretty standard fare with 1GB memory, an Atom N270 processor, and 160GB hard drive. Now the 8.9-inch 1024x600 resolution screen leaves something to be desired however.
The thing that's going to make this thing sell like hotcakes is the RilakKuma motif featuring the cuddly bruins face staring blankly out of the lid. A little creepy if you think about it, but the line between cute and creepy can be a thin line indeed. The netbook also comes with a carrying case that's pimped out RilakKuma-style.
Now while this is being marketed towards kids. The crazy steep retail price of $862 might make you think twice before you let this kiddies have a go at it. Why is the price o high when the average netbook retails at $500-600 at the maximum? It's here that Bandai puts its evil marketing genius on display. The RilakKuma line of netbooks is a limited edition affair with only 500 units being made.
So if you're willing to pay the import fee in addition to the steep asking price, the RilakKuma is a cute and functional way to cover your computing needs.