It’s that time of the year again - time to head back-to-school. Though there are many changes, some things remain the same, such as securing your tools for schoolPerhaps your child will be homeschooled or  grade where they’ll need to do more work on their own. You will definitely be needing a device that they can use to assist them. There are a wide range of laptops that you can choose from but we’ve narrowed down some of the best!

Early Childhood to Primary

Children in early childhood or primary schools will not need as advanced a machine as those in high school or tertiary schools. Chromebooks are a great, inexpensive and easily portable option for younger students. They have all the basic features needed though they do not come with the same amount of storage as a traditional laptop - which accounts for the heavily reduced price. They are light and compact making them easy to take around if your child has to learn from various areas, as some homeschoolers do. 

The HP Probook X360 has more storage and processing power while making it more expensive than the Chromebooks but a worthwhile buy. It comes with Cortana preinstalled, allowing your child to quickly ask questions and have answers provided from installed apps, software and the internet. If you opt to use this feature, be sure that you turn on safesearch and disable access to certain sites. With its 360° it can transform into a Notebook, Stand, Tent, and Tablet allowing your child to change modes based on their preference. It also comes equipped with HP School Pack 3.5 which removes digital distractions and gives access to HP’s education suite of applications to further promote learning. 

Secondary to Tertiary 

For those students who need more processing power, there’s the HP Probook G6. Powered by the latest 8th Gen quad-core Intel® Core processor, your child can get more done with less worry about their system crashing and causing them to lose files. It also has a long battery life, making it ideal for those who need to take their laptops to school with them and might not readily have access to an outlet. Unlike the HP Probook X360, the G6 only rotates 180° but this still allows for content to be easily shared. 

The Lenovo Thinkbook 13s might look too compact to be effective but its small size boasts a powerhouse. With 6GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, the Thinkbook 13s runs smoothly, allowing users to run multiple programmes at once. It also has an 11 hour battery life which, like the Probook G6, makes it perfect for students to have on the go. The Lenovo Thinkbook is quite durable, having passed anti-spill protection, extreme temperatures, and vibrations tests.

If your child needs more storage then the Dell Latitude 3400 is a better option than the Lenovp Thinkbook. Though less compact, it does feature a 1TB hard drive and a 6Gb RAM. It has several ports - HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and USB C, making it compatible with most peripherals. This is especially useful for students who have to do presentations as it means they do not need to buy adapters. It has also been through rigorous testing to ensure it is durable in real-world situations. 

Purchasing a laptop might not be within your budget at the moment but there is always the more cost-effective option of a tablet. We hope this list helps you in identifying the most suitable laptop for your child’s needs!