Does a 6 year old need a laptop?
That was the question I posed on my Facebook page about two weeks ago. And it wasn’t so much need because we all know a 6 year old doesn’t need anything of the sort. It was more like, is it totally cuckoo to consider getting a laptop for my 6 year old?
And the reason I was asking was because I had a chance to review a laptop, courtesy of Staples.com.
Now, if any knows me, they know I’m an Apple lover. I have an iPhone, iPad, iPad 2, iPad mini, iMac, and MacBook Pro. We also have some old iPhones and iPods floating around the house too. When I got my MacBook Pro, I got the mac daddy version (pun intended). Big hard drive, super fast processor, and the all-important anti-glare screen.
Since that time, I’ve taken on two freelance jobs that require me to venture into PC territory and it ain’t pretty.
It’s all started coming back to me from my corporate days. The sound of an email arriving via Microsoft Outlook. The awkwardness of finding files. Having to use Internet Explorer. I don’t relish any of it.
But my 6 year old son is growing up in a PC world. They had computer lab twice a week in kindergarten and he would try to continue his practice at home but the games were always compatible with a Mac. And honestly, he needed a mouse with two buttons.
So when the offer came to review the Toshiba C855-S5350 15.6″ Laptop, I thought Sure. I’ll give it to the kid.
And here’s how that went down.
If you didn’t have time to sit through the video, here are the highlights:
– Evan has his own office modeled after the fact that my husband and I work from home. So he needed one too.
– He’s very excited about the laptop although you’d never know it from the expression in his voice.
– He plans to use to play school games, Minecraft, and other sorts of games. (At least he’s consistent).
– It’s a beautiful laptop almost not worthy of a 6 year old.
– It retailed for about $349 when it was sent to me but the price is up to $429 currently.
– The shipping process from Staples.com was ridiculously easy and fast.
– I am totally lost when it comes to Window 8.
(Side note: I know this is dating me but I got my first computer when I was 20 years old. It cost was a Mac SE that had 1 mb of RAM and cost about $2400. My, how times have changed.)
I was more than thrilled to have a chance to do this review but if I’m ever going to make it to the teen years, I think I need some help. Have you used Windows 8? Any advice? Any tips?
Disclosure: Staples offered me a choice of products to review. I chose the Toshiba laptop. I was not compensated in any other way. This review is entirely my honest and true opinion. Of course.