Computer as kitchen appliance

Dell Inspiron All-In-One 2320 Touch

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I live in a small, Tudor-style house, built in 1930. My kitchen is basic, pretty small, and the layout reflects the traditional functions of kitchens at the time: cooking, cleaning, storing food and dishes, and eating breakfast. There are logical spots for a refrigerator, an oven, and a dishwasher. The microwave sits awkwardly in a nook by the back door.

Back then, no one was sitting in the kitchen listening to music streamed over the home network, or supplementing their homework with Internet research, or checking email, or updating the family’s Google Calendar. But I do. Because I just added what may turn out to be my favorite kitchen appliance: a computer.

Thanks to the sponsored collaboration between Babble Voices and Dell, I now have an Inspiron dwarfing gracing my kitchen table. I hadn’t originally planned to write about it (and I’m under no obligation to do so), but in the few days it has been sitting in our kitchen, its utility has surprised me, especially given that we’re a mostly-Apple household.

  • I’m no longer dragging my laptop into the kitchen to look up recipes.
  • I can finally listen to the music in our vast iTunes library while I cook (the built-in speakers are good).
  • Homework happens in the kitchen and Internet research is now much easier. (But so is screen-time distraction…something to keep in mind.)
  • Easier for the kids and I to look at stuff online together with a big monitor on the kitchen table, as opposed to us all huddled around my laptop.
  • Computer is centrally-located; good for keeping a casual eye on kids’ usage.

 

I realize that folks who live in modern houses sometimes have kitchens that assume the presence of a computer, with a built-in office/desk area, but this is a new and welcome experience for me and my kids. Surprising, given how reluctant I am to add more screens to our household.

I figured my experience was worth sharing as “computer as kitchen appliance” veers into Parent Hack territory in a way I didn’t expect. The next time you find yourself upgrading to a new computer (or, if you’re lucky, you’ll win an Inspiron!), consider finding space for the old one in the kitchen. You may wonder what you ever did without it.

Many thanks to Dell and Babble for providing me with a Dell Inspiron, and with another to give away to a reader. This post is part of my two-part series on how technology fits into my home/family life, sponsored by Dell. See my other posts, and posts from other writers, at the Dell Family Tech page.

About the giveaway: this giveaway will run until Friday, October 28th at 11:59 p.m. EDT and is open to all U.S. residents. A winner will be chosen at random using Random.org from all eligible entries. Each reader has (2) chances to win by leaving a separate comment on each of my Dell posts. In addition, readers can comment on Dell posts by other bloggers participating in this campaign (you can find those posts at the Dell Family Tech topic page). The chosen winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

The giveaway has closed, and the winner has been notified via email. Thank you to all who entered.

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