In the digital age that we live in, there are so many options in which we can be connected. And with smartphones so ubiquitous and just about everyone owning some form of a personal computer, it’s only a matter of time before your child will ask if they can get one. And depending on the age, this could be a simple “yes or no” type decision or it could be a little more involved (costs, parental controls, responsibilities, etc.). So if you are looking to find the best laptop for your child, we have a couple of tips that will help.
As a parent (and a cheap/frugal parent at that) my first priority is always going to be money. But that being said, there are plenty of cost saving options that provide affordable laptops that will keep the kids happy and last for a long time. One of the better brands that has emerged is Asus. Their Eee line of laptops have gained a reputation for being both affordable as well as high quality making them a great value.
Another more reasonable option is a netbook. These smaller, more streamlined computers resemble a laptop but have been optimized for music, video and internet surfing. What this does is cut out some of the higher-priced, raw computing power but optimizes the performance for stuff that kids are most likely going to be doing anyhow.
Another reason I like the netbooks is that there are options that are tailored to different age ranges. For instance, the Disney kid’s netbook (coincidentally designed by Asus) is perfect for younger kids who will want to get online and play games, maybe surf the internet and it also comes with a variety of parental controls that give you the flexibility to control where they go and who they talk to online.
And if you are looking for a netbook for a teenager, there are some really great netbooks that are designed for media consumption such as youtube and mp3s. And because many of these netbooks are optimized for portability they can be used on travel or even for taking notes and watching videos for classes.
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