So your child is going into senior school and you’re wondering what’s the best first laptop for kids?
One model that might be worth considering is the Venturer EliteWin mini laptop – it’s a slightly smaller than average laptop with a detachable keyboard, so the device can also be used as a tablet. At just under £200, it’s certainly affordable. Even better, Who’s the Mummy has a Venturer EliteWin laptop to give away – read on for more details.
If you’re buying a laptop for a child that’s anything like mine, you need it to be fairly robust.
Given the price point, the Venturer EliteWin feels surprisingly solid – the magnetic connection between screen and keyboard feels very stable, and the whole device casing feels sturdy. Ventura tells me that they conducted ‘drop tests’ from a height of 0.6m and 1.2m comparing the Venturer with devices from Lenovo and Asus – and the Venturer laptops were the only ones to survive the higher drop.
The EliteWin is built around the Intel Atom chip, which means you have a 1.3GHz processor – not a powerhouse, but sufficient for everyday browsing, emailing and music. If you want to do anything more demanding, though, you will find it slow.
There’s 2GB RAM and a 32GB hard drive – again, it’s usable, but you’re not going to be storing dozens of movies on this device. But there are plenty of options to attach external storage and peripherals, thanks to the USB and HDMI ports, along with a Micro SD slot (and a free 64GB card in the box).
The Venturer EliteWin has a slightly larger screen than other devices in this price bracket at 11.6 inches (the resolution is 1366 x 768px) and I found it perfectly good for watching videos. There’s also Windows 10 built in, which is ideal for a student in need of Excel and MS Word.
We aren’t regular Windows users in this house, but I found the Venturer EliteWin very easy to use. It boots up quickly, and is nicely responsive. The keyboard in particular was impressive – as a touch typer, I often find mini keyboards rage-inducingly hard to use, but this one worked really well.
The battery life is stated at 8 hours, and I found this to be fairly accurate – we managed to run it for over 7 hours between charges. Certainly there’s enough for a fairly intensive homework session, or a full day at school or college.
As a left-handed user, it might be nice to have a USB port on both sides so I can plug a mouse in on my preferred side, but it’s a very small niggle. I’m not a massive fan of using trackpads, so I notice these things!
Win a Venturer EliteWin 11.6 Laptop!
Who’s the Mummy has teamed up with Venturer to give away a brand new Ventura EliteWin 11.6 mini laptop. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite computer game. Then complete the competition widget – and don’t forget to take advantage of the bonus entries available!
The competition will close Friday 9 June at midnight (GMT) and entry is open to UK residents aged 18+. Please note it’s one entry per person (plus bonus entries) and the winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries after the closing date. The prize is as stated, and is not transferable. There is no cash alternative. Promoter: Flea Enterprises Ltd, 2 The Old Sawmill, Lytham Lancs FY8 5PL