Laptops for Learning: The 5 Best Laptops for Kids
Most children today have basic computer knowledge before they even get to the first day of kindergarten. Computer literacy has become as essential as reading, writing and arithmetic, and a laptop is often a basic school supply much like pencils and a ruler. If you’re thinking about getting a laptop for your child, we think these systems are among the best.
Worth a Thousand Words
Measuring 10 by 15 by 0.91 inches (HWD) and weighing 5.07 pounds, the Acer Aspire V5-571-6891 is easy for students on the go. It runs on the Windows 8 OS and comes with a 15.6-inch HD touch-screen display. It doesn’t come with any preloaded software, as this system was built for the enjoyment of online videos and photos. The four-hour battery life makes it easy for students to enjoy their favorite movies and webisodes. It costs $580.
The Queen of Chrome
The crowning glory of the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 isn’t its size but its operating system. The Chrome OS works much like the Chrome Web browser. Students use built-in web apps like:
- Google Calendar
- Google Plus
- Chrome Remote Desktop
- Google Drive
- Aviary and Creative Kit in Google Plus (apps for extensive media editing)
Students can work from any location with this system. The only drawback to the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 is its dependence on Internet access. It costs $241.
It’s a Small World
Parents with smaller children should look at the DirAction NL3 Classmate PC. Made of chunky plastic, its kid-friendly design makes it perfect for smaller hands learning to type and navigate. The system runs on Windows 7 and is pre-loaded with educational software, including these apps:
- LabCam – a scientific testing tool
- Microsoft Mathematics – used in classes from basic arithmetic to pre-calculus
- LanguageNut- uses a mixture of songs, stories, and games to promote language learning
A 250-GB hard drive makes it possible for the DirAction NL3 Classmate PC to run a vast array of additional educational apps. It costs $499.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is an 11-inch convertible tablet that converts to a laptop. It runs on a Windows RT operating system and is pre-loaded with programs such as:
- Rara.com – musicâ€‹
- Evernote Touch
- Microsoft Office 2013 RT (Home and Student Edition)
This system is a great choice for high school and college students. It costs $669.
Like the Ideapad Yoga 11, the Ultrabook from Lenovo can function as a laptop or tablet. Dubbed the Thinkpad Twist Convertible Lenovo Ultrabook, this machine has a 12.5-inch monitor, runs on Windows 8 OS and has a 500-GB hard drive. This makes running multiple apps easy.
Pre-installed apps include:
- Amazon Kindle
- Expense Management
- Microsoft Office 2013 (requires purchase of product key to activate)
- Rara (music)
High school and college students will find it useful for conducting research and writing papers. It costs $1,129.
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