I agree with Skills, as several others seem to. Have read the whole thread through and, having had experience on every console since the N64, I believe an Xbox would be a better investment than a gaming laptop, not just because of price. It also fills the roll of being kind of the party system or couch co-op stuff for your son and friends. Also: Halo. I would buy an Xbox solely for that series, had I the cash to do so.
TBH most of the popular games are on both console and PC. It’s unlikely that normal browsing would net you something on console you won’t find somewhere on Steam or something, and vice versa. Mostly it’s just small games and indie titles that tend to be console/PC exclusive. Forza, Bloodborne, and a handful of other games are kind of exceptions there. (Though playstation and Nintendo have a bunch of originally foreign titles under their respective belts, being that they aren’t US-based)
Not always true. You can build a gaming laptop to be modified when you need it to. Though that’s still twice as expensive as a similarly powerful PC, and the parts are harder to find and replace when you need them.
That stuff, along with the myriad of issues laptops generally have (problems with temperature, easy breakage, and getting things spilled on it). I wasn’t a klutz as a kid, but I would not trust myself at 9 to take care of a potentially multiple thousand dollar piece of equipment. Overall, I do agree. Gaming laptops are not recommended unless you really want to burn cash on something that’s gonna break in 3-4 months anyways.