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    I'm hoping you can help me......I'm looking at getting my 11 year old a Laptop for christmas and I have been looking at the following on the Play.com website -

    play.com/PC/…tml

    Can anyone tell me if this is a good laptop? She will want it for the usual school work and messenger etc etc. Ideally I didnt really want to spend this much but I also don't want a netbook (I think it will give her bad eyes lol)

    If anyone knows if this is good please can you let me know and the same if its crap lol.

    Thanks in Advance <:o>

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    looks fine to me..
    To be honest most would be fine for just school work, browsing internet, and messenger.
    Will have a quick look around for something cheaper

    Slow processor, apart from that it looks ok ish.alright for a first laptop but I wouldnt pay more than 250 for it.

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    akme;3622467
    looks fine to me..
    To be honest most would be fine for just school work, browsing internet, and messenger.
    Will have a quick look around for something cheaper



    Thanks for that if you do find something cheaper please do let me know < >

    I'd get something smaller and cheaper, preferably one of the mini netbooks. 15" laptops tend to weigh about 3KG, and that's quite chunky for an 11 year old. Plus, they'll probably only spill something on it or drop it or somehow destroy it at some point anyway, so spending as much as £300 mightn't be a great investment.

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    This is a higher processor for slightly less than Play.com, with the advantage you can go into a real store and have a real store to go to in the event of problems.

    One thing to bear in mind at this time of year, really obvious but I work in retail and see this so often, remember that tens of thousands are looking for the same thing - Dell is already backed up on their cheaper end laptops and its likely that by second week in December you won't be able to get any of the lower end models from them in time for Christmas, so don't leave it too long! I'd honestly head down to PCworld if you have one near you next weekend and see what you can get - if possible maybe be prepared to stretch a little higher by an extra £30 or so - it can sometimes make a big difference. Argos have some nice Toshiba ones at the £330 mark - one has a low end graphics card which will enable basic kids games etc to be played on it.

    Don't get a netbook, they are not great for kids, and I would imagine that your child isnt going to be carrying this laptop around much, if at all, so ignore the weight concerns. I'd also steer away from anything with an AMD processor, there'sa reason Intel is in nearly every laptop the main retailers sell.

    Where is the software apart from the operating system? You will need word, excel, presentation package, outlook etc (or equivalents) for a youngster.

    Am I missing the software package details on the linked page or does Vista come with everything??

    I have a 12 year old girl who inherited my old PC but I have put an office package and the other stuff she 'really' needs on there for her. Need to cover all requirements up to end of secondary as a minimum if you can, including powerpoint etc for presentations.

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    Don't get a netbook, they are not great for kids, and I would imagine … Don't get a netbook, they are not great for kids, and I would imagine that your child isnt going to be carrying this laptop around much, if at all, so ignore the weight concerns. I'd also steer away from anything with an AMD processor, there'sa reason Intel is in nearly every laptop the main retailers sell.



    That is a slightly biased comment. AMD don't make bad processors at all and at this end of the market especially I would be more concerned with trying not to get an intel celeron rather than writing off anything with AMD inside it

    I think you will find that laptop slow and sluggish very soon after taking it out of it's packing. Vista is very memory hungry and will consume all of that 1GB before you have any other programs loaded.

    Also when looking for laptops I always recommend people look at [url]www.laptopshop.co.uk[/url] and check out their "refurbished laptops" as they all come with manufacturers warranty

    Slightly more expensive, but you get a hell of a lot more bang for your buck with this Fuji laptop: laptopshop.co.uk/fuj…htm

    p.s. I did start in to a rant about you should never buy Acer, but then noticed while your topic says "Acer Laptop" it is actually an Asus laptop which is better

    In terms of software - I imagine most people are using online applications for email and don't need Outlook, and for word processing most laptops of all prices come with works, or you can use notepad, or download a free office compatible equivalent. You are unlikely to get anything with MS Office bundled in, though you could try eBay for older versions if you really want Office.

    Going a bit off topic though, I admit to Intel bias, its just when you see specs on software, all the decent laptops, etc they are all Intel. The two AMD processor based desktops I have had both went faulty within a year, yet my Intel based desktops all continue to run fine, my younger relatives, etc all have them and they work great, for them obviously. Yep, one of them has my old Pentium 2 233MHZ system still!
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