By Andrew Liszewski
Realizing that these computers are here to stay, Little Tikes has taken their expertise with building kid-resistant miniature picnic tables and riding toys, and has created the Young Explorer workstation. With a $2,599.99 price tag, the Windows PC with a 160GB hard drive and just 1GB of ram has comparable specs to a netbook, though there’s clearly a tower sticking out the back of the desk. So either you’re paying a premium for the 19-inch LCD display, the included software and all that plastic wrapped around it, or the specs on their website are a little of out of date.
Either way, if you’re worried about the young ones covering your regular PC in peanut butter and/or jelly, the Young Explorer is almost like buying kid insurance for your own gear. Oh, and apparently it also helps kids learn basic computer skills before they even hit school. Now I’ll leave it up to you to decide if it’s more important to foster a kid’s imagination and encourage them to get outside and play, or just get them used to cubicle life at a young age.