Laptop for 7 Year Old

Hi,

I am helping my uncle -- ahh, I mean, Santa -- buy a laptop for his 7 year old daughter. She is a bit old for a princess edition Disney pseudo-laptop, but too young for a regular full-fledged laptop. I'm thinking a netbook would be best, but the whole point of this purchase is so that she leaves her dad's laptop alone. Is an underpowered netbook sufficient for flash-heavy web surfing (I think that's basically what she does with his laptop)? He would like to spend about 300 -- I think that's the most he can justify spending on a laptop for a 7 year old (and rightfully so).

Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? I have no idea how to buy a laptop for a 7 year old. Anyone have experience with this? What are all the "cool kids" getting nowadays?

Thanks in advance for your tips!
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  1. Just a bump. Hoping for some ideas. Thanks again, everyone.
  2. Why does a 7-year-old need a laptop? Anyways, there are plenty of Black Friday deals that offer decent laptops at low prices. Look around and you might find something you like... or Santa likes. By the way, I thought Santa's elves made all of his merchandise. oO
  3. lol i was also thinking of this
  4. I advised that they buy the cheapest netbook they can find. They found one for under $200 at radioshack.
  5. ExistNY said:
    I advised that they buy the cheapest netbook they can find. They found one for under $200 at radioshack.


    Exactly what I would have suggested has I seen this thread sooner. A netbook would be easily capable of websurfing with lots of flash elements on the site.
  6. ExistNY said:
    Hi,

    I am helping my uncle -- ahh, I mean, Santa -- buy a laptop for his 7 year old daughter. She is a bit old for a princess edition Disney pseudo-laptop, but too young for a regular full-fledged laptop. I'm thinking a netbook would be best, but the whole point of this purchase is so that she leaves her dad's laptop alone. Is an underpowered netbook sufficient for flash-heavy web surfing (I think that's basically what she does with his laptop)? He would like to spend about 300 -- I think that's the most he can justify spending on a laptop for a 7 year old (and rightfully so).

    Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? I have no idea how to buy a laptop for a 7 year old. Anyone have experience with this? What are all the "cool kids" getting nowadays?

    Thanks in advance for your tips!


    Hi there,

    A netbook is a good idea. The HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje has a fun look and it is under $300. It is a basis netbook that should be perfect for browsing the web and it only weighs 3 lbs, so it won't be too heavy for a 7 year old.

    What do you think?

    Cheers,
    Isabella
    MSFT Windows Outreach Team
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