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Laptop for kids

by Idris16 / January 10, 2018 8:36 AM PST

We want to get our two sons (age 8 and 10) laptop computers. They want them for Minecraft, Roblox, some Steam games such as Raft (if possible), watching Youtube videos, creating Youtube videos of their game play, and basic photo and video editing. We don't want to spend a fortune since the kids are pretty young, and we need to buy two. Are there any laptops that anyone can recommend that work well, are durable, will cover the stuff that they want to do, and not break the bank? Thanks for any suggestions!!

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The problem is these are usually 1,000 dollar gaming laptops
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 10, 2018 8:52 AM PST
In reply to: Laptop for kids

This is where Consoles win. The controller takes all the damage.

Durable laptops cost even more. I suggest a console for games and a desktop since the keyboard and mice take the damage and those parts are cheap. Laptops would be costly and too fragile for kids this age.

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minecraft and roblox
by Idris16 / January 10, 2018 9:05 AM PST

Are there laptops that will play Minecraft and Roblox successfully that aren't gaming laptops?

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I'm going with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 10, 2018 9:16 AM PST
In reply to: minecraft and roblox

As an example I tried MC on a run of the mill Core i5 laptop without a dedicated GPU and it was clunky, slow and only on low settings.

The problem with laptops is for durable you have to get into Panasonic Toughbooks which puts you into the 1K dollar region and still no dedicated GPU.

For this round, the desktop and consoles win.

HOW ABOUT the Amazon Fire Tablets? Watch how well it runs at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3I5dmcKGrY

That tablet is beefed up to withstand the drops and more. It's also under 100 bucks the last time I looked. Yes it is. https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Tablet-Display-Yellow-Kid-Proof/dp/B01J90N2IS

There's an 8 inch model if you pop for there at 129.99.

I know some want to get into laptops but these are kids. One soda or liquid spill and the usual laptops are dead.

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Wish you had better news
by Idris16 / January 10, 2018 9:47 AM PST
In reply to: I'm going with no.

Thanks for the feedback. Wow... Those Toughbooks are nuts. We are fine having lots of rules and regulations about usage and paying extra for accident protection. I'm disappointed to hear about your experience with MC on an i5 laptop though.

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I think it's good we discuss this topic.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 10, 2018 9:56 AM PST

Post was last edited on January 10, 2018 10:05 AM PST

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Thank you!!
by Idris16 / January 10, 2018 10:11 AM PST

Thanks for taking the time to respond and share your feedback.

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