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Good morning AR! I hope you are all donig wonderful on this day. I have an OT question if you do not mind. I know I can go to best buy but I don't just want to be sold on something and this one does just that. My son will be taking English / Grammar on line this year, my very weakest subject and I need to buy him his own computer. Someone said you can go on line with a Kindle or a notebook. I just need something he can go online, answer his questions with his teacher and print his work to complete here at home. Nothing else is needed. Very basic. Can anyone suggest anything to me that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? Thank you so much...I have to buy a printer so that is not an issue with making sure it will print with it. I'll buy them at the same time. Thank you so much.

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Last updated: Aug. 25, 2013 11:10 am
Posted: Aug. 25, 2013 5:14 am
Answered by: Lucky Noodles
Aug. 25, 2013 5:24 am
I do not know about a Kindle but do use the B&N Nook. It does not, to my knowledge, print. I am able to print from DH's IPad and love it!
Aug. 25, 2013 6:23 am
I have a Kindle and it is awkward to use for something like school work, and I can't print anything, at least I don't think it can. I sure wouldn't want to use if for school work.
Aug. 25, 2013 9:07 am
I was thinking that to be more true than what I was told...thank you so much for your input!
Answered by: juanlo
Aug. 25, 2013 5:28 am
The best thing and easiest thing is a computer. Remember the more you pay, the longer it will most likely last.
Aug. 25, 2013 5:30 am
Some of the less pricey computers "notebooks" will give you an internet connection, ability to add Microsoft Word and a printer connection.
Aug. 25, 2013 5:35 am
Thank you! I wouldn't mind just buyinga computer but we do not have the money for a new computer.:( I'll take a look at the notebook! thank you.
Aug. 25, 2013 6:21 am
More expensive in the PC world doens't mean it will last longer. The way software and hardware continues to get upgraded, most devices are obsolete in 2-3 yrs although you can use them much longer. Have you tried going to a place like Best Buy where they have salespeople who can show you the various options in the price range your are interested?
Aug. 25, 2013 6:23 am
I did here one time and they kept trying to sell me this 2500 computer. Seriously I can not afford that and he wouldn't had used half of what was on it. I just need the basic and there isn't much around here.:( Best buy and wlamert and target. Target doesn't know anything and neither does walmarts employees. I guess it is time I learn a bit more! lol
Aug. 25, 2013 6:35 am
I think you should be able to buy a pretty basic laptop for $200, which isn't much more than a Nook or Kindle, if I remember the prices right. And maybe a printer for $30-50? I know it's still a lot of money, but I have a Nook tablet, and like the others, I love it for reading and basic internet use, but don't think I could do school things on it. Good Luck!
Aug. 25, 2013 6:37 am
Maybe try a different PC store, some try to push the most expensive products, but you will also find other stores that actually listen to what you are asking and provide good advice. Walmart & Target sales associates are probably not familiar enough with PC's and are mostly sales clerks.
Aug. 25, 2013 6:43 am
Try Best Buy again. I'm about 99% sure they do NOT work on commission so they shouldn't be pushing anything on you. I have found every sales person in there to be incredibly helpful & knowledgeable! Tell them what you need it do & what your budget is, right up front. Now, that being said, I would also suggest a notebook, which are about $200 less than a laptop(or was when we bought ours). We have a cheaper Target exclusive HP printer/scanner(do not bother with, we go thru ink like crazy & I print mostly in black & white) & it's compatible w/it.
Aug. 25, 2013 9:05 am
Will do. Thank you to each of you. All of these new gadgets...I've never dealt with any of them but my laptop! lol. I'll keep looking. Thank you so much.
Answered by: Elle
Aug. 25, 2013 6:57 am
One of my brothers brought a Chromebook to our reunion. It runs about $200-$250, depending on brand. He seems to like it, but he has a larger primary computer at home. I don't know how much memory and how many USB ports the Chromebook has. DD bought a refurbished computer from Staples. She had some problems with it and found that no one was interested in fixing her problems once they had her money. She lucked out in that there was a managerial change and that she knew the new manager, so she was able to resolve those issues. One of my sisters, a teacher, owns a Dell and has been very happy with it. I'd read reviews on Amazon, Walmart, etc., sites to become familiar with what people like/don't like about various brands. With printers, make sure the ink cartridge doesn't cost more than most ink cartridges. Some of the less expensive printers have very expensive ink cartridges.
Lucky Noodles
Aug. 25, 2013 7:16 am
Elle, that is a good point about ink! So expensive with certain printers.
Aug. 25, 2013 7:25 am
I found a netbook by Dell online just now for $217.00 - wifi ready w/ video chat, etc. Our first computer was a Dell; it was good.
Aug. 25, 2013 7:42 am
Various models of tablets are shown on the Best Buy website starting at $100.
Aug. 25, 2013 9:05 am
Wow $217? I guess I need to look at a computer as well for sure. Thank you!
Aug. 25, 2013 9:45 am
Ha, I said "notebook", but I meant "netbook". And, WOW, to these prices! We bought our netbook 2-3 years ago & it was almost $300, so they've really come down in price!
Answered by: BigShotsMom
Aug. 25, 2013 9:20 am
A Chromebook should be somewhere between 250 and 400 dollars, depending on its features. Since it runs on the Chrome operating system you don't need a lot of pricy software. Just verify that it can be used offline as well as online. I am not sure it can and if your wifi is down that could be an issue. Both PC World and Znet magazines rate the Chromebooks quite well.
Answered by: Mommysnagpants
Aug. 25, 2013 11:10 am
Can't recommend anything techie, but I have observed my own students using all kinds of different tech, so I think you should examine Consumer Reports to get the most unbiased information. We can access it here through our public library. However, I can suggest a handful of web sites for you and your child: Shmoop, Sparknotes, Grammar Girl, and OWL: the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University. They have lots of clear information. I teach high school English, and my students find those four websites very helpful. Good luck!
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