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bluesandtwos Avatar
bluesandtwos 13 544 1 England
15 Dec 2020 5:11PM
As usual, EPZ is my first port of call for information! Smile

My 11 year old grandaughter is having to use her phone for schoolwork/homework, its small size makes it not easy to use, especially if her wrinkly old grandad is trying to help! Grin

I would like to get her a laptop for Christmas but I have two restrictions.

The first is budget, the most I can possibly manage is £200~£300 and the nearer it is to the £200 the better!
Secondly, other than it needs to have Windows 10 loaded and preferably some sort of word programme, I have very little idea of what to look for!Sad

If any of you clever lot can help me out here, I really would be grateful. Christmas is nearer than I thought!!!

Many thanks,

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Railcam 16 967 2 Scotland
15 Dec 2020 5:58PM
Cannot help with the laptop, but for "some sort of Word programme" you can download either Libre Office or Open Office for free. Both are a suite of programmes that can open and save in Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc formats. No need for Microsoft over priced products.
DarrenSmithPhotography Avatar
15 Dec 2020 6:10PM
laptops are a bit of a short supply right now, especially with the demands of lockdown, we have struggled to get lower spec models (£200-300) and been forced to go a little more expensive, best advice is to go to a shop and look for what they have

for office, windows now comes with a free online version of office365 with word etc
answersonapostcard Avatar
15 Dec 2020 8:22PM
What about a Chromebook ?
AlexE Avatar
AlexE 6 190 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2020 10:09PM
Office 365 is included free with most academic emails.

Definitely in northern Ireland with the C2K network, users are able to download the full Microsoft suite to up to 4 devices.

Don't know if there is a difference when it comes to schools over in the mainland.

Speaking to a local computer shop could be a good idea, to see if they have something that matches your budget in stock.

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JackAllTog Plus
14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2020 10:31PM
Its a tricky thing with so many to choose from each targeted at a different market.

Many secondary schools seem to loan students laptops/chrombooks/ipads now days - if she is about to go up into such an organisation the laptop use may be short lived.

You say windows 10 - At that price range the operating system will probably be a "win 10 s" which is a low cost OS for the education sector. Chrome books can be good too though i've not used one much. Smaller size screens are likely too with 12 to 14" being popular now days with the yooooth Wink Personally i still prefer bigger screen my old eyes can see.
Watch out for the subscription models for office 365 as this can be another £65 quid next year to continue to use it. However if the family package is chosen then up to 5 people get office 365 for only £75 ish for the whole family. Though remember free Hotmail account sallow web word use too.
Curry's is generally a reliable place to buy from in my experience. If you get at least 64G of storage that's much better than the 32G models. I would read the review against the products. Laptops also come in White and Pink now days if she is into those colours.

Maybe a case/cover will help protect it too.

Good luck.
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bluesandtwos 13 544 1 England
17 Dec 2020 12:36PM
Thank you all, it seems like we are going to go for plan B. Her Mum is going to see if she can get a loan one from the school..

Thanks again for the replies.Smile



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