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Build your own PC with Kano’s Computer Kit Complete – and then learn to code

Do It Yourself – including putting the thing together

Older, greyer members of Team Stuff may wax lyrical about the halcyon days of home computing with a ZX Spectrum, BASIC, and type-in listings that never worked. But Kano’s Computer Kit Complete (£230) hurls you even further into the past: you can only start coding once you’ve put the thing together. Kano referring to the finished item as a ‘laptop’ is a stretch, unless you glue the 10.1-inch HD screen to the keyboard. (Stuff top tip: don’t do that.) And also, this one’s primarily aimed at kids. But with its DIY ethos, friendly nature, fun sensors, Raspberry Pi 3 brain, and coding challenges that gradually shift from drag-and-drop to typing in Python and shell commands, it could be just the thing for any wannabe coder intimidated by conventional solutions for grown-ups. Plus who doesn’t want a bright orange keyboard?

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I’m a regular contributor to Stuff magazine and Stuff.tv, covering apps, games, Apple kit, Android, Lego, retro gaming and other interesting oddities. I also pen opinion pieces when the editor lets me, getting all serious about accessibility and predicting when sentient AI smart cookware will take over the world, in a terrifying mix of Bake Off and Terminator.

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Mobile apps and games, Macs, iOS and tvOS devices, Android, retro games, crowdfunding, design, how to fight off an enraged smart saucepan with a massive stick.

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