My sons were asking for a laptop for Christmas last year. Since I have twins that meant 2 laptops and twice the expense. Also, being 13 year old boys, they don't always take the best care of their belongings. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on something I wasn't sure they would take care of. While checking out laptops on the internet I came across the Everex StepNote NC1610 Laptop. I had never heard of this brand but it had a lot of good reviews and was under $400.00 so I decided to give it a try.
My sons opened these Christmas morning, charged the batteries, and the rest is history. This laptop has more than lived up to any expectations that I had for it. The boys have been able to do everything they wanted to on it with no troubles.
The Everex StepNote NC1610 is a 15.4" laptop. It came with Windows Vista Home Basic installed. This laptop comes with a CD/DVD burner It has a 1 year warranty included but I bought the 2 year extended warranty for an additional $70.00.
So far, these laptops have survived 4 months of almost continuous use. My sons have carried it back and forth to the weekend visits to their dad's house. They use it to play games, watch videos, talk on chat rooms (supervised, of course), listen to CD's, watch DVD's and many other things.
This laptop was part of a bundle package. It also came with a mouse, additional 512 MB of memory and a laptop bag. The total price for the bundle was $459.98, but the laptop sold separetely at that time for $398.00.
The only negative we have with this laptop is that it doesn't come with Microsoft Word. It comes with OpenOffice.org 2.2 Office Suite which the boys don't really like because they are used to Word.
If you are looking for an inexpensive starter laptop for your young teen or pre-teen, I highly recommend this one. If it can survive my sons, it can survive anything.
VIA C7-M Processor
80 GB Hard Drive
1024 MB RAM
15.4 TFT Widescreen Display
1440 X900 Max Resolution
DDR II SDRAM-667 MHz Technology
24x (CD)/ 8x (DVD) Read Speed
24x (CD)/ 8x (DVD R)/4x (DVD R DL) Write Speed
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g Data Link Protocol
OP Provided-Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic
Software- Morton Internet Security 2007, Cyberlink DVD Suite, OpenOffice.org 2.2 Office Suite
3-cell lithium ion battery
Width 14.1 in.
Height 1.5 in.
Depth 10.7 in.
Weight 5.3 lbs.
AC 120/230 V (50/60 Hz) Voltage required