A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I am planning to use the Dell XPS 18 as a work computer in place of my laptop.
However, we’ve also discovered that it makes a fantastic family computer: the 18″ touch screen offers the interactivity of tablets and smartphones but at a scale that makes it perfect for small children, multiplayer games and more.
Family Game Night
While I’m not in any hurry to replace our actual board games, there’s something to be said for board games that are played on a touchscreen and don’t require an extra box to store all the pieces in you’re already overflowing game cabinet!
With the Dell XPS 18, I literally fold the legs in and lay it flat on the table and suddenly we have a game of Monopoly at our fingertips. With a ton of classic board games available — like Risk, Life, Battleship, Checkers, etc. — we’re looking forward to a fun twist on family game night!
In addition to classic board games, though, there are a ton of learning apps available, and they offer a fun way to practice math facts, review spelling words, practice problem solving skills, etc.
Our favorite game right now is Pettson’s Inventions, a quirky game where you help build a variety of clever inventions to meet a certain objective. The girls love to play this one together, trying out different objects to see how the invention fits together and then flipping the lever to watch it work.
We’ve never been big on watching movies or TV shows on the computer, mostly because of our slow internet, but the other night we decided to give it a try, and the sound and picture quality really do make you forget that you’re not watching regular TV. This will be fantastic when we travel, since Dish Network lets us log in and watch things that are saved on our DVR, and it’s also a great way for Sean and I to watch an adult show (with headphones) while the girls watch something on the big TV!
|Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.|