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SeanPalace84 25-10-2017 07:04 PM

Laptop for kids- advise needed
 
Looking for the BBS to help me out here. Kids need a laptop as they now need to do homework via the internet. I use phones and tablets for everything so haven't needed one before.

Can you get one for around £200 that's not completely crap? It's only really for homework but would be nice if you could browse the internet quickly etc. I know I'm not going to get anything great but any links would be much appreciated.

Cake and Eat It 25-10-2017 07:09 PM

Chromebook

SeanPalace84 25-10-2017 07:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Cake and Eat It (Post 13912299)
Chromebook

Had one years back, might go back to buying one. Would be nice to have word etc though.

CP-RJW 25-10-2017 07:29 PM

I have an 11”6 inch Asus vivobook, it’s no MacBook Pro but it’s reliable, sleek and cheap, around the 200 quid mark. Suppose the size is the main drawback but it should do the job if your kids just need to do homework and surf the interwebz. http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/asus-e200ha

SeanPalace84 25-10-2017 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by CP-RJW (Post 13912325)
I have an 11”6 inch Asus vivobook, it’s no MacBook Pro but it’s reliable, sleek and cheap, around the 200 quid mark. Suppose the size is the main drawback but it should do the job if your kids just need to do homework and surf the interwebz. http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/asus-e200ha

That looks really good :p. Very good reviews as well. It looks like it will do everything I need it to.

CP-RJW 25-10-2017 07:33 PM

Bundle with Microsoft office for 240 quid at Curry’s. https://www.currys.co.uk/app/basket

SeanPalace84 25-10-2017 07:41 PM

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B01N...AQL&ref=plSrch

This one says it's installed with office 365 for £189.00. Is that similar?

SeanPalace84 25-10-2017 07:48 PM

Just noticed that I spelt advice wrong....it's been a long day!

CP-RJW 25-10-2017 07:55 PM

Only difference is that the Curry’s one comes with a years anti virus software, which costs like 70-80 quid if you buy it separately. Knowing what adolescents can get up to on the internet it might be worth the extra money but up to you.

SeanPalace84 25-10-2017 08:24 PM

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Originally Posted by CP-RJW (Post 13912378)
Only difference is that the Curry’s one comes with a years anti virus software, which costs like 70-80 quid if you buy it separately. Knowing what adolescents can get up to on the internet it might be worth the extra money but up to you.

True! They are only 7 so should (hopefully) be okay.

All ordered, really appreciate your advice (advise) mate :p

CP-RJW 25-10-2017 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by SeanPalace84 (Post 13912439)
True! They are only 7 so should (hopefully) be okay.

All ordered, really appreciate your advice (advise) mate :p

No problem.

Kylie_Tracey 22-01-2018 04:39 PM

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Originally Posted by SeanPalace84 (Post 13912439)
True! They are only 7 so should (hopefully) be okay.

All ordered, really appreciate your advice (advise) mate :p

How's the laptop performing, pleased with it ? my lads birthday is coming up and I'm thinking of getting this

Pointsforprizes 03-02-2018 11:49 AM

get a dell 3340, 3 year onsite warranty for under 400

rubber coated on the edges so if you drop it, the sides dont break

Away 30-03-2018 03:02 PM

Bumping this. Daughter has struggled through A levels and first year of Uni with a brick she bought for 150 quid. Now wants something more portable, reliable and powerful.

Only really document processing, web browsing and watching films. She's studying sciences though so it's very possible she may need to get into statistics packages eventually - maybe post-grad.

I know Mac performance pretty well, but PCs is a dark art to me. But I've narrowed it down to a couple of models that balance price and performance (and weight). The one thing I can't work out is FOR ROUGHLY THE SAME PRICE would we be better off with the i3 + 8GB option, or the i5 (8th Gen) with 4GB.

My experience with Macs is that I have always ended up upgrading memory. ATM I'm actually working on a 2009 Core2Duo which is absolutely fine despite the biblical age of the processor, but only since I upgraded to 8GB. Of course my 2013 MacBook Air (i5 8GB and SSD) goes like the wind and personally I'd have that second hand any day over the new HP laptops I'm looking at. But it's not for me. She's very serious about her studies so I'm happy to go with her agenda.

What say you experts? All things being equal i3+8GB or i5+4GB???

Woosie 30-03-2018 03:07 PM

What is it she's looking to use it for? i3 vs i5 is the processing power. I would suggest the latter is probably better but I'm not an expert. Take a look at the website hotuk deals https://www.hotukdeals.com/search?q=laptops - and search under laptops, you can get some good deals highlighted on there.

Re: Microsoft office products, you can use office online (free) which has the basic functions of word, and you can also use google docs (also free) which aren't bad either.

FORZA SELHURST 30-03-2018 03:16 PM

Usually pretty easy + cheap to upgrade memory, not so straightforward with processer.

Away 30-03-2018 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by FORZA SELHURST (Post 14184531)
Usually pretty easy + cheap to upgrade memory, not so straightforward with processer.

That crossed my mind as I've done it on 3 Macs over the years, once myself (the original iMac - very easy).

Pistol Knight 30-03-2018 05:03 PM

buy him a catapult and teach him to climb trees


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