In the past, it was not easy to find the best laptop for kids. The kid’s laptop was very rare or even not any. This was because the laptop in the market was more intended for office workers. There was almost no laptop for children.
Today, the situation has changed and laptops designed for children have been widely produced. And people still are not easy to find the right laptop for their child. But nowadays due to different reasons, there are too many laptop choices for kids in the market.
There are some points that you need to consider when you are looking the best laptop for kids. Below is the list of the points.
Do your children need laptop computer? Regardless of the ages, a good sign that your child needs their own laptop is that they’re already using computers for their jobs a lot at school or home.
Is there any school’s policy related to laptop? Although buying a laptop is not only to support your children education, surely it needs to have some talks with the teacher. Ask about the technology that the school uses and how to complement it a home. Their advice is not absolute but it will help you to find the best laptop for kids.
Which operating system is the best? Chrome OS, Windows or macOS? Chrome OS is popular for schools, since it’s easy to use and nearly impossible to infect with a virus. But, if your kid is learning how to program, needs to edit media files, requires access to Microsoft Office or wants to play PC games, Windows or macOS is a much better choice.
What is the good specification? There are many specification of laptop out there, even too many. Do not worry since almost of the laptops in the market today are able for your children to work with their daily tasks.
To make easier, here is some suggestion for you.
- Processor: Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 (good – better – best). There are other Intel’s processors such as Intel Atom, Intel Celeron and Intel Pentium. Their performance is still good today but remembers that the software become more complicated in the future and need processor with great performance to run, otherwise the apps become run slower or even stop. So, we suggest to consider the Intel Core i series.
- RAM: at least 4GB of memory, 8GB is ideal and 16GB, we think it is too much. Certainly, 16GB is better but since the student’s tasks commonly range from making reports, presentations or tables, then actually 4GB is enough. We suggest 8GB for preparing if your children’s tasks will become more complicated in the future and need more demanding applications.
- Storage: at least 500GB. There is 2 options, HDD (Hard Disk Drive) and SSD (Solid-State Drive). HDD is slower while SSD is faster. But for per GB, SSD is more expensive than HDD. Since the student’s tasks are not complicated, we suggest using HDD. Moreover, usually children will download many media files they like from the internet, especially music and games, and this all requires lots of storage.
- Display: it will be better if adjusted to the age of your child. For children under 12, having a laptop with an 11.6-inch is enough while for teens a 13- or 14-inch laptop is acceptable. About resolution, the 1366 x 768 resolution is enough but if you want your child to get a good quality movie then 1920 x 1080 resolution is better.
If you need to compromise with the budget, choose lesser hard disk space and choose better processor and larger RAM. The processor is hardly to upgrade while the memory is easier, and even then not all can be improved. Sometimes laptops come with fixed memory modules and cannot be upgraded. Storage drive is easier to upgrade but some as well cannot be upgraded. To solve it, you can use external storage as an alternative.
Size and weight. Best laptop for kids are depended on their age. So does with the size and weight. Children under 12 is better to have a laptop with an 11.6-inch screen that weighs under 3 pounds. And for the teens, a 13- or 14-inch laptop with the weighs up to 4 pounds is acceptable. Larger laptops will keep them at home.
Choose a durable one. Since kids are usually clumsy and careless then a laptop that can survive bumps, drops or spills is a big plus.
Keep it cheap. Don’t spend over $500 on a laptop for a child under 12, because they may break it and will outgrow it. Even when shopping for a teenager, try to keep the cost under $800.
Now, you understand how to choose the best laptop for your chidren. Hope it is useful.