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by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) May 16, 2008 11:58 AM PDT

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Laptop recommendation for children

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 5/16/08 11:58 AM

Question:

I am the father of two sons, ages 9 and 11, in search of
advice in regards to the "right sizing" of laptops for them.

I have tried getting advice from the forums, but the feedback
I have received has been questions on why I want to purchase
laptops, mostly from nonparents. Sure, it might sound like a
large investment for their age, but mobility is the driver
behind the decision as we travel a lot.

Given their age, you would think that the requirements would
be easy to spec, the primary applications being Internet
research, e-mail, light doc processing, and of course gaming
both online (Runescape) and off. I'm looking for something
that can survive the treatment from their age, have enough
horsepower for gaming, and yet still be "reasonable"
price-wise. (Maybe I am being delusional.) Any advice you
could offer would defiantly be appreciated. Thanks!

--Submitted by Bob (Christopher and Willam's Dad)


Here are some helpful answers to get you started, however there are many more great advice that can found throughout this discussion thread. So please read them all.

Thinkpad T-series is childproof; get a hi-spec used model --submitted by ralphclark
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=295011&messageID=2774793#2774793

I'd get something sturdy with a strong battery --submitted by sircanegiem
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=295011&messageID=2774828#2774828

Laptops For Children --submitted by waytron
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=295011&messageID=2775558#2775558


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