What school laptop should you buy for your kid?

What should I look for when buying a computer for my child?

If 2020 and 2021 have taught us anything, it’s that 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 courses, 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. 

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. 

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. 

The best 5 laptops for online learning (for kids)

So now you have all of your questions answered – but we know how hard it is to find the perfect fit for your family’s budget and needs. So we did the hard work for you and found the best 5 school laptops for your child! There should be a perfect computer for every family.

Affordable entry-level: HP Stream 14

Cost: ~ $469.99 

OS: Windows 

Screen size: 14″ diagonal FHD display 

Storage: 128 GB SATA 3 TLC M.2 SSD 

Read more: https://www.hp.com/ca-en/shop/product.aspx?id=2L7H3UA&opt=ABL&sel=NTB

Pragmatic premium: Surface Laptop Go

Cost: ~ $759.99 

OS: Windows 

Screen size: 12.4” touchscreen 

Storage: eMMC: 64GB; SSD: 128GB, 256GB 

Read more: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/d/surface-laptop-go/94fc0bdgq7wv 

For the Apple households: MacBook Air

Cost: ~ $1299 

OS: Mac 

Screen size: 13.3-inch Retina display18 

Storage: up to 2TB SSD 

Read more: https://www.apple.com/ca/macbook-air/ 

Durable higher end: HP Elitebook* (model 640 or newer)

*we use these at Discover Coding!

Cost: ~ $1,339.00 

OS: Windows 

Screen size: 14″ diagonal FHD display 

Storage: 512 GB SSD storage 

Read more: https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/mdp/laptops/probook-600-14-243575–1 

For Loyal Chromebook Users: Asus C403 – rugged, large screen.  

Cost: $571.37

OS: Chrome

Screen size: 14” display 

Storage: 32GB eMMC.

Read more: https://www.asus.com/ca-en/Laptops/For-Home/Chromebook/ASUS-Chromebook-C403/where-to-buy/ 

Did you find the perfect laptop for your kid? We sure hope you did! At Discover Coding, we believe that it it’s essential for kids to learn how to use technology while they are young so that they are prepared for the digital economy. You can read more about how we empower kids with digital skills at our About Page!