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Pampered Chef: 1st laptop for daughter

  1. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    I need recommendations if you have them. :)

    My daughter is 10 yrs old and my husband and I want to get her a laptop for Christmas. I know that sounds extreme, but she is very responsible. She doesn't really play with toys, she's not into dolls, she has plenty of craft projects kits. What she likes to do is write stories and play Webkinz. We will have rules and restrictions and set her up as safe as we can and monitor what she is exposed to and she's only going to be able to use it when her chores and schoolwork are done.

    That said, what is a good basic laptop that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, yet has enough memory and is fast enough to keep up with things as she gets older and uses it for more schoolwork and such?
     
    Nov 13, 2009
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  2. PamperedChefLayla

    PamperedChefLayla Member Gold Member

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    A dell or an HP would be good and not very expensive
     
  3. PampChefJoy

    PampChefJoy Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I am looking for my kids as well. They are 10 and 7 and play games online and on CD-rom. And I am tired of them trying to horn in on my computer (plus if they accidentally click on a virus or something, I don't want to lose all my business stuff!).

    There are alot of Black Friday ads already sneak-peeked... did you check them out? Black Friday Ads for Black Friday 2009 and Black Friday Deals! or gottadeal.blackfriday.com

    Of course, you'd have to wait in line for those great deals.

    the only thing I'd recommend is to stay away from a Celeron processor. I have found them to be notoriously slow.
     
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  4. chefheidi2003

    chefheidi2003 Senior Member Gold Member

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    My mom just bought an Acer laptop at Staples for about $450 and she loves it.
     
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  5. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    There are the new mini laptops available that may work well for a younger child.
     
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  6. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    I just clicked on that link and it shows that they are sold out of those now. :)
     
    Nov 13, 2009
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  7. PampChefJoy

    PampChefJoy Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Aww bummer... I figured they'd go fast. It's posted on every "deal" website right now. Checked the reviews everywhere and it sounds like a decent value for what I need it for. My kids are going to be soooo excited!
     
    Nov 13, 2009
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  8. mountainmama74

    mountainmama74 Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Oh yikes, I'm sorry I missed that! I'm looking for a new laptop myself right now!! The one I want is backordered at Best Buy!
     
  9. kristina16marie

    kristina16marie Advanced Member Gold Member

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    all i will tell you is NOT to get a dell inspiron! i bought one and it hasn't even been a year and the battery will not hold a charge, a few keyboard buttons have popped off and the stupid thing keeps freezing! it freezes so much, i stopped taking it to shows because i was having to reboot 5 times a night! i just do everything on paper now.
     
  10. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    Been there, done that, then bought a MAC. Not one problem since. I am a Mac convert!
     
    Nov 14, 2009
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  11. jj16

    jj16 Member Gold Member

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    I would have to second what Kristina said. I got a Dell Inspirion and I got the extended warranty and it only lasted 1 1/2 years and then the hard drive went out and the store wouldn't honor the extended warranty. I decided I'm done with pcs and I got a Mac yes more expensive but not the issues of viruses, etc either. There is a learning curve but I love my mac!! I will never go back to a PC.
     
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  12. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    I'd love to get her a Mac, (we just converted our main family computer to an iMac), but I don't know if I can spend $1,000 on a laptop. I wish there was another smaller version I could get that would be cheaper. Or, are there websites where you can find Mac's for cheaper?
     
    Nov 14, 2009
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