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# 223218 19-Sep-2017 20:21
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My Daughter is starting High School next year and we need to actually buy her a laptop this year as the school would like her to bring it along in November (for some reason)
Anyway the tech requirement is basic, no locked down at all - 4G ram, 10"+ Screen, 5+ hours Battery life.


The school doesn't care if it is a Chrome, Mac or Windows Machine.


Any recommendations on what worked for your family?


My general thoughts are that it should:



  • be light enough to carry for a 13 yr old when walking to and from school.

  • be strong enough to survive the life that kids lead

  • Will be probably upgraded in a few years as the requirements at year 11 or 12 will be higher than year 9.

  • Will like it to be still usable by my other daughter when it is handed down to her in 3 years time


Thanks


 


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  # 1870257 21-Sep-2017 13:47
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My head says get a Chromebook, but I've had both good and bad experiences with them.

 

My DD is a Dell Chromebook 13. i3-5005U, 4GB, 13" 1080 screen, 9+hours of battery, light and with the right apps I can do everything I need to in order to run my business on the road. I love it.

 

However, we were forced to buy Acer C720's by the college three years ago for my two kids (Year 7 and 9 back then). Both have been back multiple times and both died completely when just outside the 3 year warranty. My son treated his like a doormat but my daughter's still looks brand new.

 

I wouldn't buy a Chromebook with 2GB ram but the 4GB ones available now are, IMO, ridiculously expensive. I paid $400 for mine from the Dell Outlet and it was brand new, so I admit my price expectations might be a little skewed. But $500 for a 4GB Acer just seems too much to me.

 

My son now has a used Dell Inspiron 11 from TM. Cost $150 and still works perfectly and I will probably do the same for my daughter.

 

My advice would be to spend less on something now which you would be happy to throw away after 2/3 years.


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  # 1870294 21-Sep-2017 15:01
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Have a look at one of these:

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/NBKLEN80605I/Lenovo-N22-Semi-Rugged-design-Education-Notebook-1

 

I think these are great for the price, I use one myself at home when I want to use a computer in front of the TV.

 

The battery lasts for ages and it has those extra nice features that help with the young users - Screen can fold flat on the desk so much less chance of damaging the hinges.

 

Has a spill resistant keyboard as well.

 

Full Windows 10 Pro is a nice extra as well.

 

 


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