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Old Nov 8, 2012, 09:31 AM   #26
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My son is interested in getting a Mac laptop. I decided to go halves with him and this Christmas may be the time.

His needs, for an 11 year old, are pretty basic.

- Word processing and publishing for school
- Photo editing
- Web browsing
- Gaming -- Minecraft and Roblox
- Programming -- Lua

The MBA in question is the 13" 2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD.
Bit overkill. Just get a cheap PC.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 09:56 AM   #27
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That is the exact model (Macbook Air 2.0Ghz, 8GB, 256GB) I want Maybe next month.. Amazing machine!

I hope You'r kid will enjoy it. And obviously deserve it.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 10:08 AM   #28
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What you have specced out for him should be ideal and give him a bit of room to grow as well. 8GB memory, 13" screen, 256 GB SSD are all solid good thoughts for his current and possible future use.

Excellent choice.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 03:09 PM   #29
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Bit overkill. Just get a cheap PC.
He has a cheap PC and it is on the verge of death after just over a year. Keeps overheating. Motherboard replaced twice. Fans and I believe the graphics cards have been replaced and it still overheats without a huge fan underneath it.

My MBP has never got so hot that it burns me. Warm on a couple occasions, but not like his gets.

His will overheat and shut down sitting idle on our stone countertops...
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 04:59 PM   #30
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That is more than capable for his needs. I'm thirteen years old and have the 13" base MBA and I use it for Minecraft, Python, Java, and BASIC. It handles things like that fine.
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My son is interested in getting a Mac laptop. I decided to go halves with him and this Christmas may be the time.

His needs, for an 11 year old, are pretty basic.

- Word processing and publishing for school
- Photo editing
- Web browsing
- Gaming -- Minecraft and Roblox
- Programming -- Lua

The MBA in question is the 13" 2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD.
When my son was little, he also played roblox and minecraft.
He probably wants to learn Lua for roblox because my son says "it can make some cool things in the game". My son never learned Lua, but now (12 year old) he knows how to code HTML, CSS, JAVASCRIPT, JAVA, and C#
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 03:50 PM   #32
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When my son was little, he also played roblox and minecraft.
He probably wants to learn Lua for roblox because my son says "it can make some cool things in the game". My son never learned Lua, but now (12 year old) he knows how to code HTML, CSS, JAVASCRIPT, JAVA, and C#
Yes, both Roblox and Minecraft can be programmed in Lua.

He has been doing a little on my MBP because his laptop keeps crashing...
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