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Best Laptop Computers For Kids and Families
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What to Look For in a Laptop
Shopping for a new computer can be intimidating with all of the jargon that’s used when describing them. Here’s a breakdown of what some of them mean:
Processor A processor is the hardware that runs programs and graphics on your computer. Depending on what the computer is primarily used for, you may be able to save some money by choosing a slower processor. But if you or your child consistently work with high-res graphics, you’ll want a more powerful processor.
Hard Disk The hard disk is where information for the programs and applications on your computer is stored. The more files and data you’re planning on storing on your computer, the more hard disk space you will need.
System Memory The system memory is where your computer stores information to run programs. It is important to have ample system memory space because an overloaded memory can impact performance.
Operating System (OS) An operating system is the part of the computer that manages the hardware and software. The most common operating systems are Microsoft Windows for PCs and macOS for MacBooks.
The Google Pixelbook is a great pick for the student who’s off to college, where they’ll need a computer to finish homework assignments but will also be using it to stream their favorite Netflix shows during downtime. The lightweight design and high-quality display allow for easy portability and sharper images. The 7th Gen Intel Core processor allows for faster browsing and gaming, so once break time is over they can get back to their homework that much quicker. ($999+, google.com)
Apple has been making cutting-edge products for years, and the MacBook is no exception. With an Intel Core m3 processor you will find this computer taking on all of the tasks you need it to handle without sacrificing battery life. The storage and memory for this laptop is also one of the best on the market. The Apple MacBook is an investment for your family computer, but many think it’s well worth it for the superior performance it provides. ($1,299+, apple.com)
If your laptop is going to be used mostly for writing papers, searching the web, and replying to emails, the HP Chromebook is a great option for your family. This ultra-thin laptop is small but mighty with enough system memory to run multiple applications and offline capabilities, so there’s no excuse not to get homework done. ($280, overstock.com)
If your child is going off to college or needs a laptop that you can feel good about them toting to and from school, the Dell Inspiron is built to last. Undergoing thorough reliability testing, this laptop is durable enough to withstand short-term heat conditions, so you won’t need to worry if your child left it locked in the car temporarily on a hot day. The 1TB hard drive has plenty of space to store movies, photos, games, music, documents, and more, so it should definitely last through all the college (and maybe even high school) years. ($879, walmart.com)
The size of a tablet with the power of a laptop—the Microsoft Surface is the best of both worlds. It comes complete with a touch screen, compact design, and lightweight body that’s convenient for travel and can be easily handled by younger kids. It can also be attached to a keyboard, multiple monitors, full-size mouse, and more, giving you all of the same capabilities as a standard laptop. ($679+, amazon.com)
The ASUS Chromebook is the ultimate laptop for students. With a spill-resistant keyboard, easy grip design, and drop testing from over 3 feet, the ASUS Chromebook can handle just about anything your child throws at it. Bonus—it has an extended battery life and comes with extra Google Drive storage so your little scholar has even more time and space to complete and save their homework. ($200, amazon.com)
This touch-screen laptop is a powerhouse of a machine. With the capability to run multiple software programs at a time, enough storage for a student’s work, and a touch screen that’s big enough to view videos in comfort, the Lenovo IdeaPad is perfect for a student who works hard but still has fun. ($310, bestbuy.com)
VTech Tote & Go
If your child is too little for their own laptop but intrigued by the newest tech gadget, this is a good segue into that responsibility. The Tote & Go Laptop from VTech allows kids to learn basic computer skills with 20 games and activities for a variety of skill levels. As kids build up their skills they can partake in the progressive learning levels of the games while building hand/eye coordination with the mouse. ($26, walmart.com)