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What Netbook for 13 year old girl?

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Initial post: Nov 30, 2009 11:01:29 AM PST
Jo Roche says:
My daughter wants a laptop for Xmas. Her wish is the Sony Vaio but I think for a 13 year old that is too expensive and I really don't want to spend anything too much more than $300. I am looking at the notebooks as an alternative as they are cheaper and probably offer enough features for what she needs to use it for. I have been looking at the Asus Eee and the Acer netbooks. Any advice would be helpful before I make my purchase.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 11:20:42 AM PST
Since when are laptops age and gender specific? This thread is about a 13 year old girl. The other one is for a 10 year old boy.

Pretty much all netbooks are the same. Even if you get a higher end Z spec netbook cpu, it's still the same basic speed and will run the same stuff the N will.

go for price, reputation, and customer service.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 11:28:54 AM PST
E. Liu says:
Jo Roche - If your daughter likes Sony Vaio's, you might take a look at the Toshiba Mini N205 netbooks. They run about $350-$380 and come in different colors. Sort of have similar design as Sonys.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2009 11:33:35 AM PST
Joel Kolstad says:
Jo Roche --

If this is the only computer she'll have regular access to, I'd strongly suggest getting a regular laptop rather than a netbook: Netbooks as a rule don't come with CD/DVD ROM drives, so you end up using an external one or networking with another machine if you have to install any software that can't be downloaded off the Internet (or similar), and the CPUs are a rule are noticeably slower.

HP has a $300 laptop available right now with an AMD Sempron M100 CPU, a couple GB of RAM, CD/DVD drive, etc... if you "trick it out" with a faster CPU, webcam, memory card reader, etc. it's still under $400. While I think netbooks are great, a laptop like this is really a better bang for the buck.

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E. Liu says:
Joel makes a good point about going with a full-fledged laptop if this is the only computer your daughter will have access to. However, i disagree with the need for a built-in DVD drive. Unless you need it to watch movies on a regular basis, how often do you install software really. It's true for big software like Microsoft Office, you do need an optical drive, but most other software can be purchased, downloaded, and installed from online. I rarely miss the DVD drive with my netbook, and I like having a lighter machine. But it's true you need to budget another $50 or so for an external drive.

The point about having a more powerful processor is a good one. Netbooks work best as a second computer. They are inexpensive, light weight, and most get terrific battery life (if it has a 6 cell battery and not a 3 cell one). If you spend a bit more money, the Acer AS1410-2285 is a really nice deal at $399. Be sure that the processor is the Celeron SU2300, which is a more capable dual-core processor, and not some other one. There are different versions of the AS1410 with slower processors but the same price--avoid those. This computer is 3 times more powerful than a netbook, has a better graphics card, 11.6 inch higher resolution screen, and runs Windows 7 Home Premium. So, definitely you get a lot for an extra $100.

Another point in it's favor. Virtually all netbooks come with just 1 GB of RAM (a restriction that Intel and Microsoft enforces when they sell the Atom processor and the cheap version of Windows XP). I've found that one really needs to upgrade to 2 GB of RAM to make most netbooks work well. That's another $50 plus installation, if you're not comfortable installing it yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2009 12:24:28 PM PST
It really doesn't matter. The only thing I can think of is atrendy looking lid. However one thing I would say is make sure it comes with Windows 7 now Windows XP as new features from microsoft may only be for Win7 machines

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2009 12:33:27 PM PST
riverrocks says:
I have the asus 1005HA in white. My daughter is 12 and loves to use it. I've installed MS Office, so it meets all of our needs for writing school papers and doing my work spreadsheets. I think it would be a great start.

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