Today I have a review from my technology correspondent, otherwise known as my technology-loving fiancé. He’s been putting one of the new Venturer 2-in-1 laptop and tablets through its paces. Venturer have just launched two new 2-in-1 laptops and tablets – the BravoWin 10KT and the EliteWin 11KT.
There comes a time in every parent/child relationship when it’s time to invest in a computer that will belong to the child. As a parent, you’ll have got to the stage where the sticky fingers on keyboard and screen have taken their toll, and you can no longer stand having to be held ransom to the electronic needs of someone else. Either that, of you’ll be at a stage where your tablet has run out of room, because of Peppa Pig and Horrible Histories apps.
So, you’re taking the leap of faith and looking for a tablet or laptop for a child. You’re sensible enough to know it won’t be a machine made by a company named after a certain item of fruit, and are wondering what to get. The first question is laptop or tablet? Touch screens are great, but a keyboard is an important learning tool. What about operating systems? Do you want your child to have restricted access to the Internet and games? Then here are the practical questions like battery life and the ability to endure being thrown around by a child.
It’s a bewildering market, especially if you end up in Currys or PC World. Jo and I went to these stores last weekend and were unable to have a conversation about what computers we were looking for without being interrupted by a commission-savvy sales assistant. As is always the case in these stores, they know all the terms of finance options but very little about the product and their friends – i.e. I am not their mate. (Please don’t assume this or use the word in our sales-related conversation. Also, try using the word ‘like’ as a verb.)
Venturer have designed a lovely little machine that’s the perfect first tablet and laptop for children – the Venturer 2-in-1 laptop and tablet. The nice thing about this machine is that it really is both tablet and laptop, and can be changed between the two in one easy move. The sceptics amongst you (and I will admit to having been one) will wince at this. We’ve all seen the adverts for similar machines and assume they must be easy to break. Actually, they’re not. The lovely people at Venturer assured me this device was up to the challenge of the physical demands of modern life in the hands of a child.
Amazingly, they’re right. I have really put the Venturer 2-in-1 laptop and tablet through its paces, including a grumpy moment earlier today. I was really grumpy, (Jo will testify that this can be terrifying for human and /or computer to experience), and the machine hasn’t shown any signs of not being up to my heavy-handedness. In fact, Venturer tablets actually performed better in drop tests than their nearest competitors.
On to the spec.
The Venturer 2-in-1 laptop and tablet runs Windows 10 and, as a Mac user, I felt similar to a child working my way through a new operating system for the first time. I found my ‘I heart Mac’ persona evaporating in front of me. I spent a three-hour train journey working the logistics out, (give me a chance, I’m 36, not 13), and it was pretty straightforward. The mouse was slightly annoying, but once I’d remembered there was a touchscreen it was plain sailing.
So, would I recommend the Venturer 2-in-1 laptop and tablet combo for a child’s first computer? Absolutely. It’s an affordable model that straddles perfectly the need for a tablet and a basic laptop. That’s being unfair, as this isn’t a basic machine. It pack’s a hefty punch for a first computer.
Best of all, little sticky fingers won’t be on your machine anymore.
Some key facts about the Venturer BravoWin 10KT and EliteWin 11KT
- Battery life of up to 8 hours
- Durable and resilient
- Sleek, lightweight design
- Touchscreen tablet, with detachable smart keyboard
- Intel Atom 1.3 GHz
- 2 GB RAM
- 32 GB Memory
- Windows 10
We were sent a Venturer 2-in-1 laptop for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own.