“What’s the best computer for me?“ The kid-friendly computer

October 12th, 2009 in .Touch Screen .You Ask


Gogo Ubari

Small and light, the Asus Eee PC T91 with touchscreen is ideal for children to use at school or home


Name: Maria Parker and Leah Parker
Age: 41 and 12
Location: Stourbridge, West Midlands
Job: Accountant (Maria), at school (Leah)
Interests: Leah is in Year 7 at school and is particularly interested in art and history. She likes to draw, and has been learning to use painting programs on the family PC. She’s also been using genealogy software and the internet to research the Parker family tree.

“My daughter, Leah, already uses our home PC for schoolwork, but I’d like to buy her a computer of her own. I’m thinking of a laptop so that she can use it anywhere in the house and maybe take it to school. Inexpensive laptops all seem to be big and heavy, though. Can you recommend something small and light that won’t break the bank?”

Maria and Leah’s choice
The Eee PC T91’s small size and ‘kid-proof’ SSD make it ideal for Leah. The touch-sensitive screen and three user-friendly operating modes are the icing on the cake.

Cool for school

When it comes to laptops, “small and light” used to mean “extremely expensive”, since that was the realm of the ultraportable. Asus redefined this class of computer with the launch of the original Eee PC in 2007, though, and it’s an Eee PC that will be an ideal choice for Leah.

The Asus Eee PC T91 is the latest in the Eee PC range and, like other models, it’s extremely portable. Just 1″ slim and weighing under a kilo, it’s easily carried and is small enough to slip into a school bag.

The Asus Eee PC T91 also has a touch-sensitive screen that can be folded back on itself to create a tablet laptop. In tablet mode, the Eee PC T91 can be ‘written’ on using the supplied stylus. The Asus Eee PC T91 runs Windows XP, which means Leah can use her favourite applications. Three different modes — XP, Widget and TouchSuite — also provide a flexible way of working.

Finally, the Asus Eee PC T91 has a solid state drive rather than a hard disk, which means that Leah’s data will be kept safe no matter how much the laptop is shaken around.

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