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Hello Kitty Gets Her Own Netbook from Onkyo Japan

That white cat with the distinctive red bow simply cannot get enough attention from the masses, it seems, because here is the special Sotec C1 Hello Kitty netbook. Cashing in on our recent fascination with netbooks like the Acer Aspire One and Dell Mini 9, this subnotebook has been outfitted with all sorts of Sanrio-themed customizations.

Also known by its not so cute model number (C101K3W), the Sotec C1 Hello Kitty netbook comes courtesy of Onkyo Japan. As you can imagine, you’re paying a premium to get the Hello Kitty branding and not so much for any sort of extreme hardware upgrades. The guts of this cat are pretty much on par with its non-feline counterparts.

In terms of features on the Hello Kitty C1, you can expect to find a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, 10-inch (1024×600) TFT display, webcam a complete QWERTY keyboard, a trio of USB 2.0 ports, and Windows XP SP3.

Along with the Hello Kitty branding on the cover, this netbook has also been preconfigured to feature Hello Kitty wallpaper. With most of this Sanrio-geared gear, you’d expect them to be available as limited edition models at a premium. You’d also expect Onkyo Japan to restrict sales to Japan, but the company is actually being kind enough to ship outside of Nippon.

The downside? If it weren’t for the Hello Kitty branding, this netbook would only be worth about $500. With the Hello Kitty branding, it sells for nearly $900, plus shipping.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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