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Laptop for my son
Chris McGathey, Photo Editor
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 12:35 PM on 10.17.11
->> Well folks my son turned 10 this month and I was thinking about getting him a laptop this year for Xmas. Any other sportsshooters out there have kiddos that they have bought laptops for? I was thinking about a tablet but I don't think I can trust him with it since he has a cell phone he can never seem to find and is always hunting for it. I want something he can grow into. He has not shown an interest in photography but there is always hope.
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Thomas Derr, Photographer
Madison | WI | US | Posted: 2:32 PM on 10.17.11
->> are you committed to an Apple or a PC?
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Eric Francis, Photographer
Omaha | NE | United States | Posted: 2:40 PM on 10.17.11
->> I am starting the kids with iPads since by the time they "grow" into something, they'll need more.
I have noticed even the teenagers are pretty rough on laptops. The iPad is far more durable than a laptop with a spinning HD. If I was to consider a laptop, it would be a MB Air for sure.
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Chris McGathey, Photo Editor
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 3:03 PM on 10.17.11
->> Yeah not committed to either although my family is pretty much a Mac family. My wife and I use one (Mac) every day for work and home. But PC's are dirt cheap for what he would need it for, homework, paper projects surf the web etc... Mac Book Air sounds good. Any others?
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Shelley Cryan, Photographer
New England | CT | USA | Posted: 3:37 PM on 10.17.11
->> For a 10-year-old I'd recommend a desktop that you keep in the kitchen, family room, or other place where you can keep an eye on what he's accessing online and can monitor his time on the computer (pardon the pun). Obviously I don't even know your son -- as a parent that's what I'd recommend to any parent of a child that age.
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Francis Specker, Photographer
Riverside | CA | USA | Posted: 5:48 PM on 10.17.11
->> How about a Kindle Fire. Runs Android, only $199, he can web browse, email, read a book, watch a movie, play a game.

You can control internet access at home to websites by something like Open DNS configured in either the router or tablet settings.
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Michael L. Stein, Photographer
Smithtown | NY | USA | Posted: 5:41 PM on 10.18.11
->> Chris

If your son is 10 years old, perhaps you might consider a used Macbook from a reputable website, before investing a lot of money into his first experience with computers.


http://eshop.macsales.com/Search/SearchPromo.cfm?Ntk=Primary&Ns=P_ID|1&Ne=5000&N=5915&Ntt=OWCFeatured

Good luck, Michael
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