My friend is looking for a laptop for his 9 year-old daughter. He knows nothing about computers, but has set himself a budget of £400. As we were passing, we popped into Currys/PC World so I could see for myself what was on offer. A webcam and good memory for gaming seemed the obvious criteria.
After a good browse, I suggested we ask one of the staff, they kept asking if we needed any help anyway.
We were immediately led away from the laptops to the Antivirus and Office software section. ‘I can offer you £20 off this, £30 of this’. I said can we look at the laptops first? So we did, but the banter continued – ‘I can do a better deal on software for this one’ (more expensive model). Oh, and free antivirus doesn’t work on Windows 7, she said. Very little was said about the laptops.
Anyway, I made a note of HP Pavilion g6 laptop, would this be a good buy?
"Would Open Office be sufficient for school work?"
Yes, it would, but to be honest your friend's daughter is likely to encounter Microsoft Office just about everywhere when she leaves school and goes to university and, later, to work. It might be as well to familiarise her with it from the beginning.
You can buy a single user version of the Office 2010 edition for £73 from Amazon.