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Summer special – Top 5 gadgets for kids

business Updated: Jun 19, 2013 14:30 IST

With the summers reaching at its peak; it is high time to get constructive for kids enjoying summer vacations. Apart from playing cricket, soccer and Frisbee, kids have grown more sophisticated these days and so have their demands in terms of devices required to cater them.

Currently, it's the digital stuff that rules the roost, especially when it comes to excelling in the extra-curricular and vocational activities to help children find themselves as individuals. Here are five gadgets that will help your kids with their holiday homework and makesummer projects fun.

HP Ink Advantage Printer
If you are a mother, you would know how kids always remember their homework and projects at the last minute! Summer vacations mean projects and more last minute requests from your child for project print outs.

It's time for you to get a personal printer for your home. Of course with so many printers in the market to choose from, it is hard to know which one will be suitable. These days, HP Inkjet printers are gaining popularity because they are affordable and give high quality prints.

The HP Ink Advantage Printer series will enable your child to print more number of pages at less cost and will also be useful for daily home purpose. The new line-up of Deskjet Ink Advantage printers have features like Wireless Direct, ePrint etc that allow you to print from several devices, such as PCs, smartphones and tablets and that too from anywhere.

Printers under this series come with HP Ink Advantage cartridge, which costs only Rs 449 and can print up to 550 pages with ease. With the Ink Advantage, your kid can show his/her creation proudly to others to score A+ grades and you can save on printing cost without the tension of trying to get printouts in the middle of the night.

Hence, it's time to overcome those last minute hassles and never ending visits to cyber cafes to meet the deadlines. Go and get your very own HP printer at home and allow your kid to showcase the school project at its best.

HP Pavilion 20-B102IN, 23-f201in All-in-One
These days, All-in-One PCs are not only a great way to save on space, but also when it comes to kids, its a great device for moms to keep an eye on the websites that kids are using, as AIOscan be placed anywhere in a room. These are a perfect replacement for laptops, which have a way of disappearing into the kid's room.

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At the same time, with the integration of Microsoft's touch-friendly Windows 8 operating system, AIOs serve as a second information and entertainment centre for everything, from homework to games to movies.

The Windows home screen is now filled with live tiles that show information that's updated in real time, so anyone can see things like weather, calendar appointments and recent photos at a glance without needing to open the application — a huge time-saver in the morning. The touchinterface is also easy for young kids to use who have grown up on touchscreen devices.

HP has recently introduced some really good options in this category. Now prices of HP TouchSmart PCs start from Rs 39,990 and with 3 years onsite warranty. One of them is the powerful and versatile HP Pavilion 23-f201 TouchSmart All-in-One PC, which sports a 23-inch HD Touch display, with dedicated graphics and 1TB inbuilt storage for amazing large screen experience and available at Rs 58,990.

Powered by Intel Core i3-3240, 3.3GHz processor, Intel H77 chipset and Windows 8 OS, this TouchSmart AIO boasts of superior functionality to change your computing experience. Its 4GB DDR3 RAM provides you with lightning fast speed, making it easy to multitask. Moreover, the HP Pavilion 23 includes a TrueVision HD webcam, inbuilt mic, speaker, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, 2 USB v3.0 and 4 USB v2.0 ports, 6-in-1 memory card reader, wireless keyboard and optical mouse - everything to help your child shine!

So if you're in the market for a new family computer, check out the recent crop of Windows 8 touchscreen all-in-ones by HP.

Pen drives
Pen drives have gained a lot of importance these days. So why not get one for your child to keep his/her assignment data stored safe instead of losing it on submission day?

To attract kids and students, online sellers and small time retail shops are offering a range of attractive pen drives in various shapes and sizes, like sports goods, fashion, electronics, toys, pets and more. Not only do these look like toys but your kid can also play with them, not to forget using them to store data as a pen drive.

MP3 players
Summer is the best time to leave everything behind and relax for a while listening to some peaceful music. And if your child wants to be a rockstar in the future, this will be one of the best gadgets from him/her to practice. These days, the battery life attached to MP3 players is great and most of the models in the market have big internal memory to store thousands of songs.