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Tips And Advice On Buying A Smart Device Or Laptop For Your Home

  Are you on the hunt for an extra smart-device or laptop for the house?  Jess Kelly gives ...

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08.49 18 May 2020


Tips And Advice On Buying A Smart Device Or Laptop For Your Home


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08.49 18 May 2020


 

Are you on the hunt for an extra smart-device or laptop for the house?  Jess Kelly gives her top tips on what to look out for.

Top Tips From Jess Include

 

  • First up, laptop or tablet?
  • The spec sheets online and in-store can often be overwhelming – what matters when considering what device to buy?
  • In terms of add-ons or accessories, is anything essential?
  • Any tips for ensuring the device is kid or teen-proof?

Considerations:

  • Budget
  • Function
  • Portability

Spec sheet:

  • Screen-size
  • RAM / memory
  • Operating system
  • Processor – not as important for schoolwork etc
  • Storage – not as big a consideration as it once was because of cloud storage

Accessories

  • The only vital thing I would recommend is an external mouse
  • Perhaps consider a monitor – if you’re worried about back pain and posture!

Child-proof

  • Adults should set the device up first as an Admin and then create a profile for the child or teenager. That means they cannot download things without admin approval
  • Where possible, keep the device in a public part of the house, don’t let it disappear into bedrooms etc
  • Ensure security updates are done

Devices to consider:

HP Stream 14-cm0508sa 14" Laptop - AMD A4, 64 GB eMMC, Blue - €299

  • Social: Basic computing on the go
  • AMD A4-9125 Processor
  • RAM: 4 GB / Storage: 64 GB eMMC
  • Full HD screen
  • 1 year subscription to Office 365 & 1 TB OneDrive

 

 

HP 15-db0521sa 15.6" AMD A6 Laptop - 1 TB HDD, Grey €399.99

  • Social: Basic computing on the go
  • Windows 10
  • AMD A6-9225 Processor
  • RAM: 4 GB / Storage: 1 TB HDD
  • Full HD screen

 

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