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Help! My daughter has finaly broke me, Apparently she "needs" a laptop for school/gaming and surfing. But which one? Budget under £250 any advice would be apreciated Read More
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
Help!
My daughter has finaly broke me,
Apparently she "needs" a laptop for school/gaming and surfing.
But which one?
Budget under £250
any advice would be apreciated
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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#1
Would got for a 10" or so screen, you can buy them as child's laptops. you get more for your money
#3
Don't do it. Too young.
#4
my mrs's 11 year old son (was 10 at the time) had one last xmas and he loves it. it got him researching subjects at school hes interested in and a love for technology. just keep an eye on the internet history etc :)

he also plays flash games etc and currently making his xmas list on it lol
#5
christuttiett
Don't do it. Too young.


I know that was coming.
Cant resist her smile :roll:
#6
christuttiett;7028297
Don't do it. Too young.


I think all us oldies (im 27) need to come to terms that children will use technology sooner in their development.

How old before you let a child have a mobile phone??? My mum works at a school and she couldn't belive the age some parents let their children have a mobile..... same goes with computers.

If a child uses a computer at school as part of their education, then a parent shouldn't feel they are "too young" for their own computer. I'm currently looking at Netbooks for the bosses 10yr old son.

The Samsung NC10 or the Acer Aspire One or Eee PC 1005HE seems to be the best choice for around £200.

If you don't mind referbished then PC world have some a little cheaper.

Don't get anything under 10" screen tho, cos it's too small to use I found.
#7
Tommy_K
I think all us oldies (im 27) need to come to terms that children will use technology sooner in their development.

How old before you let a child have a mobile phone??? My mum works at a school and she couldn't belive the age some parents let their children have a mobile..... same goes with computers.

If a child uses a computer at school as part of their education, then a parent shouldn't feel they are "too young" for their own computer. I'm currently looking at Netbooks for the bosses 10yr old son.

The Samsung NC10 or the Acer Aspire One or Eee PC 1005HE seems to be the best choice for around £200.

If you don't mind referbished then PC world have some a little cheaper.

Don't get anything under 10" screen tho, cos it's too small to use I found.


I'm a fair bit older but my job is with children and IT. I personally believe my first statement stands.
#8
Depends on the "gaming". Netbooks don't have CD/DVD drives so you can really only play "Internet" games. For example, Sims, which should be well within the capabilities of the average 10 year old, can't be played (legally) on a netbook because you need the disc to play it.

You might be better off looking for a decent second hand laptop. I would recommend a Toshiba because they tend to be more solidly built than most of the others. You might pick up a refurb for £250 - I saw an end of range one in the local Staples a couple of weeks ago for about £260. Otherwise have a look on ebay.
#9
christuttiett
I'm a fair bit older but my job is with children and IT. I personally believe my first statement stands.


Any particular reason for that view? My youngest is now a teenager so it's only of academic interest but all my children were using PCs by the time they could read. I haven't noticed any serious side-effects. :)
#10
hiya

my 3 year old loves all the online games. good for hand eye co-ordination and for learning.

i would not bother with "kids" laptop - vtech etc as he can access our stuff.

9 year old plays some games and sends some emails.


i got her a laptop last year from woolworths, basic, but does what she needs.

however, she really prefers the desktop.

:santa:
#11
I think it is good for a child to get a laptop/pc as early as possible, as if most children are like mine they want to find out everything there is to do with subjects they are learning in school, and as most children use them in schools anyway from such an early age I don't see the problem in them learning how to use them as they are needed for most things nowadays.
#12
tony_s1
Any particular reason for that view? My youngest is now a teenager so it's only of academic interest but all my children were using PCs by the time they could read. I haven't noticed any serious side-effects. :)


PC tend to be in a family area. Laptops in private. I believe children should be monitored online as they should be in real life. Too many dangers out there. Sites accidentally accessed, Facebook etc. etc.
#13
Friend bought his 10 year old daughter a laptop recently and last week looking through emails she had been sent by another 10 year old he found a discussion about cameltoes, Needless to say she is back to using the family desktop in the kitchen for a while,
#14
christuttiett
PC tend to be in a family area. Laptops in private. I believe children should be monitored online as they should be in real life. Too many dangers out there. Sites accidentally accessed, Facebook etc. etc.


Thanks for your replys guys.
I agree that computers are now part of childhood and the whole decktop in the living room thing but
I have four children and dont fancy an office full of decktops in my livingroom?
#15
try sterlingxs.co.uk for a good refurb :roll:
#16
I would look around sites like Tesco direct as we got our 12 Year Old daughter a Asus Eee PC 904HD netbook last Christmas For £224 delivered to the door... If your budget can strech that bit futher to around the £330 mark there are some good Acer laptops to be had from places like Ebuyer (Acer Extensa 5630EZ
),Tesco Instore had a Acer laptop recently for £328.... My choice would be to look round for a Acer Aspire 751H netbook as they have the bigger 11.6" screen than most of the netbooks & a decent sized 160GB hard drive (Acer Aspire One 751 11.6” 1.33GHz 1GB 160GB, XP)..I've seen one for £259 With freepost on ebay. Next choice would be a Asus PC1008HA Netbook . I'd stay away from the Toshiba NB100 as they are way too small! Try & Get something with at least these specfications. For a netbook you want no smaller than a 11" screen..1GB Memory & 160GB HD & check its running XP or better & not Linux, For a Laptop you want a 15" screen & 2GHZ Dual Core With 2GB Memory & A 160GB - 250GB Hard Drive. Just searched on the bay & very nice Aspire One AO751h-52Br Netbook (New Model) £229.
#17
srthedaddy

I have four children and dont fancy an office full of decktops in my livingroom?


Just for the record, we do too.
#18
tonyg1962
Friend bought his 10 year old daughter a laptop recently and last week looking through emails she had been sent by another 10 year old he found a discussion about cameltoes, Needless to say she is back to using the family desktop in the kitchen for a while,


If someone trusts their kid so little that they read through their e-mails then the child probably shouldn't have access to a PC at all. I can't really see that a discussion with another 10 year old about cameltoes is that bad (I've got 4 daughters between 12 and 23 and I suspect they all know what cameltoes are and have for some years - that's just the way kids are nowadays!). But, everyone has their own views on what children shoul and shouldn't know or do. Now, if she'd been discussing (for example) the local price of crack cocaine, there would be more reason for concern.
#19
srthedaddy
Thanks for your replys guys.
I agree that computers are now part of childhood and the whole decktop in the living room thing but
I have four children and dont fancy an office full of decktops in my livingroom?


I think there is a program you can buy that lets you know everything that has been searched and indeed what has been typed. For a 10 year old i think this would be a good idea but older children would want their privacy too much. sorry cant remember what its called though.
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