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  • Started 1 year ago by ricks
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ricks
ricks
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I'm shopping for laptops for my son and daughter. They play games like Minecraft and other games a lot. What should I look for in laptops that will allow them to play these games and other normal kids stuff. They are 7 and ten. I saw this from Samsclub and I'm curious if this will work? http://www.samsclub.com/sams/a.....7990301.ip Is this a good laptop that will be good enough for games for my kids? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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ricks,

I won't go into technical details but the Laptop should have a core i5 Ivy Bridge Processor with HD 4000 Video.

Rick P.

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whs
whs
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I think that Samsclub laptop will do very nicely for those light duty games - and it is a good price. No need to go overboard. With the i5, you'll be looking at an additional $150.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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Technically take my word for it, you don't want an core i3 processor for any machine.

Better to purchase nothing than a core i3 and waste your money !!

Rick P.

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ricks
ricks
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What about this one? http://www.bestbuy.com/site/As.....Id=6892385

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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I know from experience with my nephew who has been on computers since he was three, now nine, that laptops are too fragile for them, particularly the keyboards...they will get BATTERED when gaming and keys will break off one by one. The battery (not cheap) will be dead in six months. A static small form factor tower setup might be better as you can replace the keybord/gamepad cheaply and easily and it won't get dropped or kill the whole computer when the inevitable juice gets spilt on it. Also resting the laptop on their laps or bedding will fur up the fan with detritus and necessitate an expensive visit to the pc repairers to be cleaned out when it starts whining loudly and cutting out because it's overheating.

Just a friendly warning. ;)

Tony

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Xhi
Xhi
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That being said, have you considered tablets?

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP.....ifications

This is important if running Windows 8.

"Touchpad with multitouch gesture support and on/off button"

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ricks
ricks
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Tablets will no do.

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ricks
ricks
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Will the one I posted from BestBuy be worthy for my 7 and 10 year olds. It doesn't have to be the best, just decent enough to play simple games and other things kids do on it.

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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The first one you posted is fine. They will be happy with as low as a 2 gig celeron 2 gig ram machine imo. This is what I have and it ran the online minecraft fine and I know it easily does these sort of game sites no problem;

http://www.miniclip.com/games/en/

http://armorgames.com/

If what I posted above is what your kids like then a 4 gig ram i3 system will waltz them.

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whs
whs
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I think the points that String Junky makes regarding the fragility of laptops should be a serious consideration. My wife's nice went thru 4 laptops by the age of 15. She kept dropping them and her father always bought her a new one. So you better plan for 'follow-on cost'.

A nice desktop, keyboard, mouse, monitor bundle may be a safer alternative. And that can be found in the same price range. Example: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP.....1&lp=9

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ricks
ricks
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They want mobility. They have access to the house desktop and I have them trained to be very careful with these. I always give them my old laptops every time I get a new one every 3-4 years and they have never damaged them. I just want to get them each their own new one for a change... for Christmas, since I will get the credit since they found out that Santa doesn't exist. Ha Ha Ha... Ho Ho Ho...

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whs
whs
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You seem to have good kids - congratulations.

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