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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:05 am 
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I need to buy her a new device but it will only be used for email, social networking and helping the kids with their homework so no fancy features are required.
Any suggestions as to make and model would be welcome. Also I would rather go out and buy it than get it delivered to the house because I want it to be a surprise.
TIA.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:07 am 
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Hello, My Name is Rajesh..uhmm.. Robert, How may i be helping you?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:04 am 
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Why do you need a laptop? A tablet would do all that.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:25 am 
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Openside wrote:
Why do you need a laptop? A tablet would do all that.


Depends on the children’s homework requirements.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:29 am 
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Trusted reviews posted a very good deal on a fairly basic laptop today - http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/save ... al-3333367


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Cunning Linguist wrote:
I need to buy her a new device but it will only be used for email, social networking and helping the kids with their homework so no fancy features are required.
Any suggestions as to make and model would be welcome. Also I would rather go out and buy it than get it delivered to the house because I want it to be a surprise.
TIA.


Buy a Chromebook. They are perfect for what you need.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:32 am 
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Yeah.....use a chromebook.....and use Google Docs through Google Drive...that saves having to buy all the MS products like Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Kids use these in NZ as part of their day to day learning in schools.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:16 am 
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Thank you


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:49 am 
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I reckon a 13 inch Macbook Pro would be ideal. Or even the 12 inch MacBook. I prefer the 12 inch Macbook for its weight and portability.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:58 am 
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I reckon a 13 inch Macbook Pro would be ideal. Or even the 12 inch MacBook. I prefer the 12 inch Macbook for its weight and portability.


Depending on the kids homework requirements, I’d just get an iPad. Best tablet going.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:49 am 
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Any recommendations on the best Chromebook for kids (10 year old, careful enough). Is a touchscreen worth it?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:48 am 
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If you buy from an independent shop you'll be able to get them to put some software on there so you can check what she's been using the laptop for from your own PC and make sure she isn't chatting to blokes on facebook or match.com


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:50 am 
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CM11 wrote:
Any recommendations on the best Chromebook for kids (10 year old, careful enough). Is a touchscreen worth it?


I got our ten year old this one;

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/s ... omebookr11

Its the same as they use at his school and is a great bit of kit. He uses the touchscreen quite a lot, but I wouldnt call it essential unless you are planning to run android apps. The R11 is one of the fully supported models for android apps.

Look out for the Black Friday deals, almost always good prices on Chromebooks then.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:11 pm 
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Yeah.....use a chromebook.....and use Google Docs through Google Drive...that saves having to buy all the MS products like Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Kids use these in NZ as part of their day to day learning in schools.


Google Docs is not going to help them long term. No office uses Google Docs as their productivity software. No one uses Chromebooks as a serious tool. IMO if you are going to introduce kids to productivity type of tools, then you should start with the Windows/MS Office duo as that is what 95% of businesses use.

You can get MS Office via the education portal for about 20 dollars.


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Tim13 wrote:
CM11 wrote:
Any recommendations on the best Chromebook for kids (10 year old, careful enough). Is a touchscreen worth it?


I got our ten year old this one;

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/s ... omebookr11

Its the same as they use at his school and is a great bit of kit. He uses the touchscreen quite a lot, but I wouldnt call it essential unless you are planning to run android apps. The R11 is one of the fully supported models for android apps.

Look out for the Black Friday deals, almost always good prices on Chromebooks then.


Cheers, good call on the Black Friday deals.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:39 pm 
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le chat wrote:
If you buy from an independent shop you'll be able to get them to put some software on there so you can check what she's been using the laptop for from your own PC and make sure she isn't chatting to blokes on facebook or match.com


yeah, might prevent what happened to a friend when his daughter went to use the Ipad, unlocked the screen, and found some porn open on a browser window from his previous nights internet browsing. The daughter found it amusing and went mum saying "why do they have no clothes on, i can see her Lulu ?" - whereas the mum was less than happy. (so i've heard)


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le chat wrote:
If you buy from an independent shop you'll be able to get them to put some software on there so you can check what she's been using the laptop for from your own PC and make sure she isn't chatting to blokes on facebook or match.com


yeah, might prevent what happened to a friend when his daughter went to use the Ipad, unlocked the screen, and found some porn open on a browser window from his previous nights internet browsing. The daughter found it amusing and went mum saying "why do they have no clothes on, i can see her Lulu ?" - whereas the mum was less than happy. (so i've heard)


"A friend" :lol:


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Does anyone have any experience with laptopsdirect? Looking to get that Acer Chromebook that was mentioned and they seem to have it on for a decent price (€263 + €11 delivery).


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CM11 wrote:
Does anyone have any experience with laptopsdirect? Looking to get that Acer Chromebook that was mentioned and they seem to have it on for a decent price (€263 + €11 delivery).


Have never used them, but that is a reasonable price.

As an alternative they have it on the Amazon UK site for £229 (2GB RAM/16GB SSD)...

http://amzn.eu/euaHdAl


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Tim13 wrote:
CM11 wrote:
Does anyone have any experience with laptopsdirect? Looking to get that Acer Chromebook that was mentioned and they seem to have it on for a decent price (€263 + €11 delivery).


Have never used them, but that is a reasonable price.

As an alternative they have it on the Amazon UK site for £229 (2GB RAM/16GB SSD)...

http://amzn.eu/euaHdAl


I saw the Amazon one but that's roughly the same price for the previous version.


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Cunning Linguist wrote:
I need to buy her a new device but it will only be used for email, social networking and helping the kids with their homework so no fancy features are required.
Any suggestions as to make and model would be welcome. Also I would rather go out and buy it than get it delivered to the house because I want it to be a surprise.
TIA.


Buy a Chromebook. They are perfect for what you need.


This. The Chromebook will be cheap and do all that. No need to go for more. :thumbup:


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