Summer vacations in 2019 are almost over, and it's time to head back to school. Gone are the days when shopping for a new school term was just about getting brand-new stationery sets and an uber cool bag. A laptop has now become an essential tool in the life of a student. They help a student learn beyond the traditional methods of classroom teaching and are hence being incorporated by educational institutions everywhere.
But, like most electronics, there is an ever-increasing variety of options that are available in the market and choosing the right one might be confusing. You have to take into account a number of factors. Here are some points to help you select the right laptop.
Screen Size & Weight
We’ve all heard children complaining about how heavy their bags are. Hence, while choosing a laptop for your child, make sure you keep in mind the size and the weight of the laptop.
Ideally, a current-gen laptop with a screen size of up to 14-inches should be perfectly alright. These laptops are a perfect balance between the weight and display size and will prove to be a great option for your teen or college-goer. But you can also opt for laptops with larger displays if they aren’t too heavy.
Additionally, you can also choose to buy a laptop with an even smaller display that will further reduce the laptop’s size and its weight.
Windows used to be the most popular operating system for students due to sheer ubiquity. But now, you can choose between 3 major systems, namely: Chrome OS, macOS & Windows. But which one is the best for your child? Well, there’s no universal answer but here are the major differences among the three.
- Windows: Windows is the most popular OS for laptops and supports a wide range of applications that can accommodate most kinds of usage. They’re also available on a wide range of hardware across varying price points. If your kid is keen on learning how to program, Windows is a robust OS for it.
- macOS: macOS is available exclusively on Apple’s range of laptops and is known for its legendary ease-of-use. With its extensive support for multimedia editing applications, macOS is highly recommended for students who want to pursue art or design.
- Chrome OS: Chrome OS is the ‘newest kid’ on the block and is proving to be an excellent choice for students. Chromebooks work very well even on low-end hardware and are very easy to use. Also, they’re almost impossible to infect with a virus and are great for casual browsing and document editing.
While searching for a laptop for your child, we recommend keeping the budget low. Students are not the most careful users and there are higher chances of them damaging the laptop. Expensive laptops usually come with equally expensive repair costs. Hence, cheaper laptops are recommended.
Additionally, your kid might outgrow your laptop very quickly. So, starting off with an inexpensive laptop is highly recommended. On the contrary, if you and your kid are quite confident about needing a more expensive laptop for whatever reason, you can always decide to spend more.
With long hours at college and classes, it’s always better to buy a laptop that has a great battery backup. While there is no thumb rule on which laptop OS provides the best battery backup, laptops with Chrome OS are usually the most efficient and long-lasting.
Also, keep an eye out for fast charging technology that is now available on select laptops and helps in recharging laptops faster than normal.
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2-in-1 laptops have also become popular in recent times. These laptops accommodate a wide range of use cases as they can also double up as a tablet when needed. This can come in handy for a student who travels a lot and has a particular use for a touchscreen. Interactivity is more intuitive via touchscreens.
Okay, but can you recommend laptops?
Sure, based on the factors mentioned above, these are some of the laptops that you can consider buying for your kid.
Dell Vostro 3568
If you’re looking for an affordable laptop that is just good enough for casual usage, the Dell Vostro should suit your child just fine. With 1TB of storage, running out of space will take some serious effort. It comes with Windows 10 and MS Office pre-installed!
Lenovo Yoga 520
If you’re looking for a versatile laptop for your child, the Yoga 520 is a great option. It works as a laptop for all scholarly tasks and assignments but flips to become a touch-screen-enabled treat for media consumption. It’s also a great looking laptop that is capable of doing most academic tasks.
If you’re looking for a well-performing laptop that won’t disappoint with heavy usage, then this is a great option. An Intel i5 8th Gen, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD make this laptop a commendable performer. The laptop also comes with ASUS’s IceCool technology that always keeps the temperatures low.
Apple MacBook Air
While being on the more expensive side, the MacBook Air is one of the best laptops available for students. Its easy to use macOS and great optimisation make this a user-friendly laptop that is good at almost everything. Also, if battery life is a major priority for you, you’ll be delighted to know how long the MacBook Air lasts on a single charge!
HP Pavilion x360
The Pavilion x360 is another commendable laptop that can perfectly accommodate a student’s needs. It’s highly portable with a screen of only 11.6-inches and is perfect for your child if they aren't keen on carrying bigger, heavier laptops. As the name suggests, its screen can rotate a full-360 degrees to be used as a tablet. It comes with Intel i3 8th Gen and 1TB storage.
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