When Staples asked if our family would like to test out one of their laptops, we were of course happy to oblige. The timing of their offer was actually quite perfect since we’d been shopping around for a computer for the kids.
We love Staples for all our printing needs — both Aimée and I are on a first-name basis with the copy center staff at our neighborhood Staples (Hi Quinn!) Although I have not spent nearly as much time on the Staples website, I was pleased to find that computer shopping through Staples.com was truly easy. Their website has great tools that helped me sort and narrow my search based on the features I know I want, like a touch-screen laptop.
My computer-savvy brother recommended that we consider a touch-screen computer, explaining that most kids find them easier to use since they are already familiar with touch screens from devices like iPads and iPhones. He was right. The touch-screen laptop is far more kid friendly. Compared to a mouse or track pad, the touch screen provides a more intuitive way for interacting with the computer so the kids can use it without needing my assistance every two minutes.
Then there is the big operating system decision… after experiencing the new Windows 8, I must say it can be very frustrating to my husband and I who are used to the old Windows way. Interestingly the kids seems to find their way around so I think we made the right choice to go with the updated operating system. It’s just been a painful process for us “old folks” to get used to the changes. Change is always hard, but I guess this experience is a good lesson to help me understand how my own mother feels but about computers in general. Luckily you can still buy computers with older versions of Windows at Staples.com.