Thanks for all the great advice
I think the 700m is what I am going to go with. For what it is worth...my 10 year old is easily more mature then I was at probably 13 or 14..she has been using my computers since hmm probably 5 or so and there has never been a problem. Of course I don't allow her (or my son) to have any food / drinks nearby...eating is for the kitchen / dining room! To those that think a 10 year old having a laptop is being spoiled....in a sense this is probably the case BUT this is somewhat relative. Actually, my title thread was a little misleading...I should have titled it "Laptop for ME that my 10 year old couse use"
The distinction being she WILL be more careful with something she thinks is daddy's rather then hers. As I said earlier in this thread...half the children that are at my house to play show up with either an ipod or a cell phone or both...now none of them have rolled in toting a lappy yet
The thing is...I make a very good living...enough to afford another laptop mainly for kiddy use and as long as I continue to see her being responsible, respectiful, polite and well adjusted I am happy to spoil her just a little (although my wife read the comments in here and gave me a big fat "I told ya so)
It really depends on the child...in her case the little extras (yes she is aware that she would be a verrrry lucky 10 year old relative to her friends to have a lappy sitting in her room) have to be earned....it is by no means a given. While we don't ask her to do that much...we are fairly strict about getting here "work" done...i.e. homework, room clean, dog fed etc. Miss one of those and bye bye xbox, tv, computer time etc. for that day. But the cautionary statements are well taken and after reading all this I am thinking that her using it in a more supervised way is probably not a bid idea...ie no taking it to friends houses.