If the last couple of years have shown us anything, it’s that access to a good computer can play an essential role in your child’s education. Computers that are slow, sluggish, and complicated can really hinder your child’s learning. So, what should you be looking for when buying a school laptop for your kid?
Here at Discover Coding, we have years of experience looking for the perfect laptop for students to learn, play, and create with. Whether your child is looking for a laptop for their online school, evening video games or fun after-school classes, it’s important to spend your money wisely. We asked our expert instructors a few common questions on how to find the perfect computer for your child.
We don’t recommend buying chrome products such as Chromebooks/ChromeOS. This is because Chrome limits the type of software you can install. It’s important that your laptop can grow with your child and their learning needs. It’s better to buy a laptop that open up your child’s learning resources rather than limiting them.
Are you a Mac or a windows person? Whatever your answer is – start with that! Switching to another operating system that you’re not used to can cause frustration and affect productivity. Go with what you know!
We recommend your child’s screen be 13” or larger, with at least 1366 x 768 or 1920 x 1080 (preferred) resolution. Smaller screens can be difficult for kids to see and navigate, which could cause headaches and/or frustrating learning experiences.
Your child’s laptop should do great with 64GB or larger storage. We also recommend you find a laptop or computer with SSD (solid state drive) storage over eMMC (embedded MultiMediaCard). Most kids will not notice the difference in the other tech specs, but a slow eMMC drive will make loading apps slow.
Now that you know how to pick the best laptop: here is Discover Coding’s top 5 recommended laptops for kids.
Durable higher end: HP Elitebook (model 640 or newer) *
Cost: ~ $1,339.00
Screen size: 14″ diagonal FHD display
Storage: 512 GB SSD storage
*this is the laptop our students use at Discover Coding