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During the start of the pandemic, when all the kids had to attend school online, they were all provided a laptop and their school books. Now, we realized that my daughter did not have adequate space to do her homework, and the laptop she was given blocked a lot of sites, which was ok, but it did not allow her to do certain things she needed to do her homework. So, I had to purchase a new laptop and a new desk for her.
Now this review comes about 2 years after making the purchases, but I did check and all these items are still on Amazon, but of course, a few have made some updates to their products. I just thought that this was a great time to provide a review on these things since it has been a few years and my review would provide an accurate opinion on how they are doing so far.
Let’s start with the desk. The thing is that my daughter’s room is mostly white and of course, she asked if we could get her a white desk, but also not too big. So, after going to a few places locally and then looking online, she decided on a desk from Amazon called Winsome Wood Delta Home Office White.
The desk is very sturdy, has a nice middle drawer, some drawers to the side where she could organize her school stuff, and one large cabinet (Pictured below). It was a bit hard to put together, but overall, the desk is really nice and my daughter is very happy with it, for now. Keep in mind that the desk is small, so besides her laptop, and the one she got from her school, it does not provide too much space to write, that is why I bought the desktop shelf apart. She could hide one of the laptops below the monitor, of course she did not use the shelf as it should be used, but it works. This gave her enough space to do any writing that she might need to do, and I mean any because most of her homework was done on the computer and turned into a classroom hub or dashboard of some kind. Update: Her school laptop was turned in, but she use to place it where you see the other laptop at and then place her laptop right front of the schools laptop. The school laptop would display on the screen.
- The cost of the desk was $168.10 and is priced as of 07/02/2022 for $232.40
- The cost of the shelf was $19.00 and is priced as of 07/02/2022 for $17.00
As for the laptop, I did some research, because of course we all know that there is plenty of information out there on all kinds of products, plus I am pretty good when it comes to computers. So, after doing my research, looking at reviews, and thinking about what she will be using the laptop for, I decided on the Lenovo Ideapad 3 15” Laptop picture below. It came with 12GB of DDR4 Ram, 256 GB SSD (hard drive), and Windows 10. The laptop has been nothing but great, with no issues, she can log in to the school platforms, surf the net to do research, and many things without lagging too much – it is a perfect fit for her needs.
- The cost of the laptop was $554.79 and is priced as of 07/02/2022 for $589.00 (There are 5 left as of 07/02/2022)
To make everything work, I also purchased a 23-inch monitor, which was the Acer R240HY, and a Plugable USB 3.0 Universal laptop Docking station. Her setup has been nothing but great, and so far, no complaints. The monitor itself is crisp and clear, and the plugin dock station was perfect to connect the laptop to the monitor, keyboard, and mouse – see her workstation below.
- The cost of the monitor was $128 and is priced as of 07/02/2022 for $139.99
- The cost of the dock station was $94.00 and is priced as of 07/02/2022 for $139.00
I recommend any or all of these items because it has been at least 2 years since I purchased them and so far, no complaints or issues. Remember the laptop is just enough for her to do her school work, it really is not meant for gaming, even though she does play Minecraft on the laptop and she is happy, I wouldn’t recommend it for gamers. I provided links to all the items I talked about. When you click on the link it will take you to the items, but of course, you might see a new version of the item somewhere in the description.
I did want to share one more thing my daughter did tell me. You see she went ahead and upgraded to windows 11, without asking me, but it is a lesson learned. The thing is that she is not happy at all with Windows 11. I know that some applications and websites might recommend it, but I am sure you can still do things with Windows 10 – just throwing that out there for those that might be considering getting the laptop with Windows 11.
Thanks for stopping by and as always, I try and leave you with a thought, “Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open – James Dewar.”
Winsome Wood Delta Home Office White.
20″D x 47.25″W x 30.75″H
Mind Reader RECMON-WHT Wooden Monitor Stand Riser for Computer, Pc, iMac, Printer, Speakers, Screens, TV, and More, White
9. 5 (L) x 21 (W) x 3. 25 (H)
Acer R240HY bidx 23.8-Inch IPS HDMI DVI VGA (1920 x 1080) Widescreen Monitor, Black
Lenovo Ideapad 3 15.6″ Touchscreen Laptop Computer, Intel Core i3 10110U up to 4.1GHz, 12GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, 802.11AC WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, Abyss Blue, Windows 10 S, BROAGE 64GB Flash Stylus
Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station Dual Monitor for Windows and Mac, USB 3.0 or USB-C, (Dual Video: HDMI and HDMI/DVI/VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports)