You know, it’s hard to make a netbook that stands out. Dell decied to throw some fancy stickers on the back of its Inspiron Mini line; BenQ demonstrated that you can stand on the Joybook Lite without breaking it; and Asus just keeps dropping prices and putting out new models. Japan’s Sotec computers is taking a slightly different approach: slather their latest netbook with Hello Kitty decorations.
The Sotec C101K3W sports a 10.1″ 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 120Gb hard drive. It also has a Hello Kitty design on the cover and ships with a special Hello Kitty wallpaper.
Probably the most surprising thing about the Sotec mini-notebook is that it isn’t the first Hello Kitty-themed netbook. You can pick up a Medion Akoya Mini (which is a rebranded MSI Wind U100) in Europe with a Hello Kity cover for 379 Euros.
Aside from the silly decorations, the Sotec netbook looks like a pretty decent machine. it weighs in at 1.2kg or about 2.6 pounds and measures 265mm x 185mm x 31mm or about 10.3″ x 7.3″ x 1.2″ It has an 802.11b/g WiFi module, runs Windows XP and comes with OpenOffice.org, Firefox, and Skype preloaded. There’s another picture showing the Hello Kitty cover after the break.