August 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm
by Christina Tynan-Wood
My office is littered with gadgets, cameras, and computers right now because I’m planning a high-tech gift guide. My daughter came in my office and announced, “I want a laptop! How can I do well in school without a laptop?!” (She currently uses an old desktop of mine in a room I can see from my office.)
She’s a clever girl. She knows the way to get her mom to pay attention to one of her endless, “I want!” announcements is to tie it to academic success. And, as it happens, I had noticed in my research that laptops have gotten very inexpensive. I usually buy low-end gear for my kids and pretty good laptops costs less than $400 this year. But even some of the high-ticket Ultrabooks, which are super light, portable, and pack a lot of power, have come down to ~$700.
So rather than ignoring this request, I felt it crack my “No!” resolve. Then, in a meeting, someone from Microsoft pointed out that if I were to spend $699 on a Windows laptop for a student, I could get a free Xbox. I don’t need an Xbox. But maybe I could sell it to one of my friends to put under her tree for her kids and make several people happy? I’m thinking about it.