From Jessica of DC: Our 4 1/2 year old has had an old laptop for a couple years and we are considering getting her a new computer. If you were going to get a child a new computer what would your considerations be?
Good question, Jessica! Purchasing a computer isn’t always easy and buying a computer for a child is a whole different ball game.
2. Consider avoiding the all in one machine– Getting your child a computer where the hard drive and monitor are housed together is making a big commitment. Generally, the monitor’s usable lifespan is at least 2x that of the computer. In addition, if the computer is built into the back of the monitor and the monitor takes a nosedive and breaks, then you’re out a computer AND a monitor. There are some advantages to an all-in-one such as less cables and separate units (computer, keyboard, etc). Think about your particular situation.
3. Avoid a laptop:
–They are generally more expensive with less performance per dollar spent
-All the eggs are in one basket. If you spill juice on the keyboard, that means death for the entire computer.
-Lightweight and moveable is great for an adult on the go but for a child, this means they can carry the computer around the house. I don’t know about your child, but Little Miss Techie drops things. And then there’s her little brother, Captain Computer. Who knows where in the house he might take the laptop. And how many times he would drop it. Bad idea.
4. Care and feeding– Consider what will be required to maintain the computer once it comes to live in your home. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to launch a war against viruses, engage in a massive manhunt for spyware, and uninstall oodles of trial software that may be loaded on to the computer. I just can’t fit that in while making dinner, doing mountains o’ laundry, and serving as a taxi service. Do yourself a favor. Get something that will be easy to maintain.
-Consider saving some cash by checking deal websites
-Don’t be afraid of refurbished computers
-Buy local like from CraigsList or high school/community computer sales
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