Laptop help please

(14 Posts)
TeachersPetMonkey Sat 09-Jan-21 11:15:36

Can anyone recommend a decent but cheap laptop please?

Home learning with a 10 year old and 8 year old so need to be able to download worksheets, use google meets, mathletics and maybe play a few games/watch youtube for fun. Only have a budget of around £250.

I am more than useless with tech stuff and have no clue where to start. I have been looking at a HP stream but not sure if they are any good since they are quite cheap.

Any advice hugely appreciated.

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donewithitalltodayandxmas Sat 09-Jan-21 13:30:15

Currys offer a live chat online and are quite quick , maybe worth speaking to them, I have just purchased one they do for £249 although I paid a little more as got from catalogue as only way I could afford it. I don't know loads but we need it as basic 2nd device so hoping is ok, but if I was able to but outright from currys I would of used live chat .

Metallicalover Sat 09-Jan-21 13:34:07

Get a Chromebook. They're cheap, easy to maintain (you don't need internet security or windows updates) x

JerichosPenisInADeadChickHat Sat 09-Jan-21 13:39:38

Chrome book

TeachersPetMonkey Sat 09-Jan-21 14:45:16

Thanks all. This is possibly a really stupid question, but what is the difference with a chromebook? How do they differ from laptops?

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MadeForThis Sat 09-Jan-21 15:11:36

Chromebooks run on chrome os. They have an App Store so you download the programmes you need from there. Some specialist software won't be available but stuff for school will be.

Made sure you get enough memory. 32gb plus.

The battery life is great, approx 10 hours.

DeltaAlphaDelta Sat 09-Jan-21 15:14:40

Yep sounds like a chromebook would suit you. We bought one for DS as his school use google classrooms for his learning. If you have an android phone, and use google already it'll be very familiar, but easy enough to pick up if you don't. I think we bought the 64gb storage one, but even with that you wont store loads on it. It needs an internet connection to get full use of it, but google sheets etc all work fine instead of the microsoft office suite.


DeltaAlphaDelta Sat 09-Jan-21 15:16:39 we bought this one

Metallicalover Sat 09-Jan-21 15:26:19

I describe them as a tablet with a keyboard OP!

TeachersPetMonkey Sat 09-Jan-21 16:41:30

Brill. Thanks all for your help. I'm so lost with this stuff. I will look at the chromebooks.

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Newwayofthinking Sun 10-Jan-21 09:35:37

What happens with normal windows word/excel documents etc. Do you have to pay for it all?

Metallicalover Sun 10-Jan-21 11:57:31


What happens with normal windows word/excel documents etc. Do you have to pay for it all?

Yes you buy internet security and Microsoft.
I just use google docs.

DeltaAlphaDelta Sun 10-Jan-21 15:34:26


What happens with normal windows word/excel documents etc. Do you have to pay for it all?

The google equivalents are inbuilt within the google account and can be used fairly seamlessly with the MS version. I haven't installed anti virus as I believe it already built in.

Newwayofthinking Sun 10-Jan-21 17:22:05

Thanks worth looking into

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