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Will Buying A Laptop For Christmas Make My Son A Digerati?

Last month, I wrote an article called: For Christmas, My Eleven Year Old Son Wants a Laptop!

In this article, I revealed that my son wanted a laptop for Christmas.  I honestly thought I was going to get a response in the comment section where I would hear that he’s too young and that it would be a waste of money to buy him one this early…  boy was I wrong!

Young Digerati?

Young Digerati?

Exposure to Technology

I remember hearing talk about the digerati and how they would have a much larger role on society.  But 10 years ago, the technology was a joke and expensive too.  I remember when the palm pilot and blackberry’s first came out.  With the Palm Pilot and their “pda – personal digital assistant” technology, I decided to pass!  To me a good old paper notebook and pencil/pen was much more efficient and tons more cheaper.

Now times have changed!  Back then just the well-off crowd could afford the technology, but now it’s cheap enough and easy enough to use that almost anyone can access one form of the technology or another.  Even the very cheap “notebooks” are worth the money, if you don’t have gaming demands.

Rise of the Digerati

Just 10 short year ago, the technology as either too expensive or too underpowered to do anything really cool with it.  My how times have changed!  There are so many options and at such reasonable prices that I have a hard time resisting making Technology purchases myself.  I’m even going to buy a Republic Wireless hybrid phone once they come out!  The tablets that are out with the Android operating system all seem to be a great value.  Obviously the Apple iPad is a hit and incredible device too.

I consider myself a part of the Digerati crowd, but I’m not really in as tightly since I don’t have any of the really cool tech tools of the trade like most of the members of the Digerati have.  In some ways, since my son has an iPod Touch already, he’s more of a Digerati than I am.  Not to mention that he has his own blog called EntertainmentTimez.com.

Having a laptop will enable my son to blog more often and much quicker than he can on his iPod Touch.  I was shocked when I actually saw him writing his article on his iPod Touch… I almost laughed…

I was pushing for him to get a tablet, but he wasn’t interested in them yet, and to be honest, his iPod Touch and Cell Phone makes him pretty tech heavy already.

The Laptop

I didn’t want to spend a lot on a laptop for my son, but I didn’t want to buy him a netbook either (especially since he plays online games).  So I bought a laptop deal from Best Buy that seems like a good buy!  It was a $375 laptop from Samsung with 4 CPU cores, 4 Mbs of RAM, 500 GB hard drive.

 

Laptop

Laptop

This laptop is just another addition to help him become more technologically savvy.

Thanks everybody that commented in my original post about my son wanting a laptop.

I hope he enjoys it!

Thanks,

Don

 

26 Responses to Will Buying A Laptop For Christmas Make My Son A Digerati?

  1. Evan says:

    I just bought a laptop last week and that that is a really good deal!

    I know how much time I spent on a computer when I was younger and it is paying dividends now

    • I bought my laptop for this blog a few years back and it has been great. I use is almost exclusively now!

      A good laptop makes it so that I have a business in a box (lol)

  2. Nice find! I just got an IPAD because we will be doing a lot of traveling and our laptop seems to heavy to carry around. You got a great deal – but I paid for the cool features (and I’m okay with it).

  3. It’s absolutely the right choice to get him a laptop. As far as content creation goes, a laptop beats the other alternatives. I just got a laptop too for around $400 too. It’s amazing what you can get for that price these days. ;)

  4. krantcents says:

    Now the fun begins! Expose him to the educational but fun stuff too. I like http://www.coolmath.com. It is a fun way to learn.

  5. Crystal says:

    Great deal and he will LOVE it!!!

  6. Number One Son has a laptop, a Dell Mini we bought a while back for under $300. He mostly uses it to keep up his robotics blog (Yes, I’m proud!)

    • As I said for Crystal, thanks for casting your vote on the previous laptop post too. You comment helped sway me too!

      I expect my son to mostly play games on it, but an exposure is good exposure ;)

  7. Christa says:

    That looks like a very nice laptop and seems very appropriate for a digerati!

  8. My daughter is 10 and I can’t believe we are getting to the age of phones and computers. CRAZY!!! This year she is asking for a phone so she can text her friends. pfft… I’m going to put it off as long as possible.

    • My 7 year old daughter asked for a cell phone and iPod touch too. She said that other girls in her classes already have a cell phone… geez…

      I’m going to try to hold off too!

  9. As a techie, I’m almost jealous. That’s a great deal for a laptop.

  10. It’s a smart gift decision in my opinion. We owe it to our children to teach them how to use modern day tools.

    We decided to hold-off on the LT this year for our 9 year old. Our kids have free access to our desktops and iPad. Maybe a personal computer they can call their own is not all that far off though.

    Please let us know what you sons response is.

  11. Dr Dean says:

    Touch typing with Mavis Beacon on my old IBM was the one thing that helped my kids excel through school, compared to their non-typing peers.

  12. i don’t think it’s an option – rather a necessity. the key is always to balance cpu vs. non cpu time.

  13. The laptop is the wave of the future. Mobile technology is It.

  14. john says:

    hi.

    recently i buy a Toshiba laptop
    my laptop configuration is

    TOSHIBA AC100 PDN01A-00D01F IN STORE NVIDIA Tegra T250, 512MB, 32GB-eMMC, 8.9″ WSVGA, WC,BT, Android 2.1, 1 YR

    this laptop is very easy to use.