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I would like to get my daughter a netbook for christmas but am unsure as to whether they are really suitable. Yes they look cool, portable and seem to be the 'in thing' but I see them in the shops and… Read More
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
I would like to get my daughter a netbook for christmas but am unsure as to whether they are really suitable. Yes they look cool, portable and seem to be the 'in thing' but I see them in the shops and think the screen looks tiny and I would get tired of scrolling.
Am I being an old fart and will my daughter love it or will she get fed up of the small screen and it will become unused?
It will be used mainly for surfing and homework, although there is a laptop and desktop that she would use if needed.
I would appreciate comments from people with teeenagers in the same position who have them currently.
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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1 Like #1
i got one for my younger sister (12years) and really wished after that id spend another £100-£150 and got a small laptop instead.

The netbook was good an reliable - light and easy to carry around. Quick and easy to use when surfing the net.

But for homeowrk she struggled with typing on the small keys and it didnt have enough in built memory to have the full microsoft word, excel, powerpoint etc package so we dowloaded a free typing programme - but she did not like it.

Also the small screen was a bit of an issue.

I do wish that id have spent a bit more and got her a smaller laptop instead now.
1 Like #2
My niece is 13 and she has her own netbook and has never complained aboiut it being small BUT she hardly ever used the desktop so she wasn't used to using that and then switching to a netbook.

I'm used to using a pc and at home i hate using my netbook and hardly ever use it,it does my head in,i think i'm too old lol
1 Like #3
Hi, we have had a netbook in the house for about a year and, while my 15 year old has his own laptop, the younger 14 year old didn't and would use the netbook for surfing only, particularly when in bed! :| He has never used it for his homework, complaining that the screen and keyboards are too small and "a waste of time" oO ... It was his birthday last month and with O Levels starting next year, I bought him a laptop, which he is delighted with and actually does research on it for his current homework.

The small netbook is very handy though for taking on holidays, particularly when the hotel has free wifi...

I would advise to get a proper sized laptop if she will be doing homework on it.

Hope this helps.
1 Like #4
we've bot a Toshiba Satillite for my son and its the worst thing we've ever done. as im typing this on mine ive got his set up next to trying to get the thing to reinstall factory setting which is hard cos theres no hard drive! and the thing wont do what i tell it to do!
1 Like #5
My daughter bought herself a netbook last year and she loves it, although it took a little getting used too. She's at Uni, so it's great to pop in her handbag and with a full charge lasting 7/8 hours she can use it in the car or travelling on the coach which she does quite often. She also uses it for watching tv on.
#6
lol...no clearer now then, a bit of a mixed bag of reviews there. What to do, what to do. Thanks, keep em coming to make my mind up. :)
1 Like #7
vinylandtrinkets
... and the thing wont do what i tell it to do!


sounds like "user error to me"

I've had aacer aspire one since they were released, currently have it booting multiple OS's inc. win7 / Snow Leopard & various linux flavours and have had no problems whatsoever using any MS Office products. I've got several lappys (inc. macbooks) and 2 desktops but still use my netbook most especially when travelling.
1 Like #8
I've got a samsung nc10. I use it every day and have used it for my all my uni work. Just had a look on Amazon and realised I've had it for 3 years this month! If and when I have to get a new one I wouldn't hesitate to get the more up to date version of this. The only downside to it is there is no cd-drive but you can always get an external one.

Edited By: Kramer07 on Nov 12, 2010 19:48
1 Like #9
we got daughter a netbook for xmas last year ( she's 10 ) and tbh she's always trying to get on my laptop instead, infact to keep the peace i end up on her netbook if just surfing etc and she's on my laptop !..........great eh , kids..........who'd have em :D
1 Like #10
Was going to get my daughter (17) a netbook for college but she said she'd prefer a laptop, said they were too small and they dont have a disk drive. :3
banned 1 Like #11
Take her to a store and see which she prefers? I know I would prefer a laptop if she's going to be doing a lot of typing.
1 Like #12
bought myself a Samsung N150 with 2gb ram, 250GB hard and built in 3G broadband, good little machine but I can't get on with it so since after about a weeks worth of use over the last few months it is back in its box all factory reset ready to be sold.

Kids won't need the extra long batteries as they tend to be plugged in to the mains all the time so may as well go for a normal laptop 15.4 etc that will provide much more enjoyment.
1 Like #13
How old is she Greg ?
1 Like #14
Can't really stretch to a laptop so it's a netbook or nowt really, but I don't want to waste money on it if she won't get on with it.
Not too fussed about the lack of drive as we never use the laptop one either.
She is nearly 15, if I take her to the store it will a/ spoil the suprise and b/ know she will love the netbook without looking at the useability.
Looks like it's a gamble and a personal thing, she'll either love it or hate it I guess.



Edited By: greg_68 on Nov 12, 2010 20:34: .
#15
DVS_Dee
vinylandtrinkets
... and the thing wont do what i tell it to do!


sounds like "user error to me"

I've had aacer aspire one since they were released, currently have it booting multiple OS's inc. win7 / Snow Leopard & various linux flavours and have had no problems whatsoever using any MS Office products. I've got several lappys (inc. macbooks) and 2 desktops but still use my netbook most especially when travelling.



ok can you tell me how to put a Toshiba satellite T115 S110 back to factory setting or how to correct power issue with the battery??
1 Like #16
I bought a samsung nc10 about two years ago and now use it as my main machine use it everyday and it has been mega reliable - use it it for surfing, office packages, ipod etc and its been great

a really good cheap investment
1 Like #17
greg_68
Casn't really stretch to a laptop so it's a netbook or nowt really, but I don't want to waste money on it if she won't get on with it.Not too fussed about the lack of drive as we never use the laptop one either.She is nearly 15, if I take her to the store it will a/ spoil the suprise and b/ know she will love the netbook without looking at the useability.Looks like it's a gamble and a personal thing, she'll either love it or hate it I guess.

yeh i agree, its all about the suprise at xmas, even if there at an age were they dont believe in santa, ....I am sure she will love it come xmas morning ;)
1 Like #18
vinylandtrinkets
DVS_Dee
vinylandtrinkets
... and the thing wont do what i tell it to do!


sounds like "user error to me"

I've had aacer aspire one since they were released, currently have it booting multiple OS's inc. win7 / Snow Leopard & various linux flavours and have had no problems whatsoever using any MS Office products. I've got several lappys (inc. macbooks) and 2 desktops but still use my netbook most especially when travelling.



ok can you tell me how to put a Toshiba satellite T115 S110 back to factory setting or how to correct power issue with the battery??


Did you get a recovery disc with it? You can make a bootable USB stick using the recovery disc on another machine (that has a disc drive), you'll need a program like unetbootin or usbit to make the bootable drive. Then it's just a case of pluging the flash drive into the netbook restarting it & booting off the usb (f12 should bring up the boot menu) & following prompts from the restore disc.

What power issue are you having?
#19
^^^^^^thanks for that youve just solved a problem there for me :D....cheers !
banned 1 Like #20
How about off ebay? someone local must have a laptop going cheap or is 2nd hand out of the question? I remember getting a scalextric set and a master system II second hand as a kid and was still over the moon about them. Then again I was under 10 yrs old :p

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