No matter how good and virtuous sharing is, it can take a toll. Imagine sharing your mobile phones and laptops with your family, right in the middle of filling out that excel sheet. Or mailing your clients and meeting deadlines. The pandemic is quite the right time to make things as seamless as one can amidst the storm. And getting your kids a laptop for themselves, works just well. Here are top 10 kid-friendly laptops for your little ones! Or yourself. We don’t discriminate.
What makes them kid-friendly?
Honestly, we aren’t looking deep into the specs. While the laptop survive when banged heard on the table? Or when it accidentally drop to the floor? Are they light weight? Most importantly, will it burn a hole in your pocket?
While specifications are important too, the above mentioned parameters seem to be key in buy your child a laptop.
Couple of pointers before we get into it
While selecting an operating system, we might want to favour the easily navigable ones. While most go for either Windows 10 and Chrome OS, the former is a quite the right fit. Windows 10 offers the windows 10 S mode which is spot on for the education market, as intended by the makers. Comes complete with security enhancements as well. Similarly, Chromebooks have kid friendly elements too – easy-grip coatings for instance.
Similarly, the robustness of the laptop is a key factor too, coming close to portability. While you may not be able to find a completely water-proof device in the low-price range, it’s something you can work about.
Keeping these factors in mind, here’s a selection of laptops you could make your choice from.
LG Gram 13-inch
Comes complete with 13.3-inch Full HD IPS touchscreen with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. An Intel Core i7-8550U processor suitable for speeds up to 4.0GHz of turbo frequency and 8MB cache. An 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD storage.
Now that we’ve got Greek out of the way, here’s your deal. This device is quite light in weight at a little more than 1 kg, and pleasing to the eye. The display is vibrant enough for a ton of activities – from online classes to listening to music. Comes complete with a fingerprint sensor and a backlit keyboard.
We did try keeping Apple out of this. For cost effectiveness. But if you can afford this, quite the grab. With Intel Iris Plus Graphics and new 10th Generation Processors, the updated Macbook Air comes plugged in with the issue the predecessors had. The thinnest and lightest of the lot, comes with an improved keyboard. A lot more to correct (a dim screen for instance) but impressive nonetheless.
P.S. You could go for a refurbished model too.
HP Chromebook 15
Not just easy to carry around, but great to flaunt too. With the aesthetics going great. Comes with a 15.6-inch full HD display and a solid battery life lasting 13 hours. The Chromebook features a wide-vision HD camera, backlit keyboard and what not. Quite the steal.
Acer Nitro 5
The 2019-launched Acer offering is why all work and no play makes Jack (and Jill) dull. The 17.3 inch device packs quite the punch as far as gaming is concerned – a robust 1080p gaming graphics card. Of course, apart from being a great gaming laptop, its works more than fine for other day-to-day tasks too.
Asus has been making quite the mark with its robust and affordable releases in recent times. The Vivobook series is not only cheaper than the Zenbook collection, but packs quite the punch on its own. With a full HD display and a Core i3 processor, the Vivobook feels light, feels peppy.
Yes, not a laptop. But hear us out. With a 9.7-inch Retina display and 32GB – 128GB storage, this once works just fine. Not to forget the iPad 2018 is actually quite affordable and comes with good battery life too. All you need is a keyboard and with the easy-to-navigate iPad OS, the device seems a good fit for your kids.
Microsoft Surface Go
Claimed by many to be Microsoft’s best release for 2019, this one is quite the compact and light companion. With a 10.5-inch 1,800 x 1,200 PixelSense touch display, the Surface Go comes at an affordable price tag too. Probably the best bet to get work done on the go – even if you’re shuttling between rooms in your house. Only down point – you’ll have the get the keyboard separately.
Lenovo Chromebook Duet
Quite the favoured buy. If reviews are anything to go buy, this device isn’t for hard-tasking. But again, for your child getting up and about with new age schooling, this Chromebook Duet works great. Complete with android phone integration, good battery life and a super-affordable price tag, this detachable 2-in-1 should definitely feature on your short list.
Lenovo IdeaPad S145
This entry sits firm in the under-30k category. A 5.6 inch display and 1TB storage, the Lenovo IdeaPad S145 does come with its own drawbacks – like a non-cooperating trackpad and a dim display. Nonetheless, it’s worth its money.
Dell Inspiron 13 5000
The screen on the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 is a bit of a let down. Storage could be boosted too. But apart from these 2 cons, the device is quite sleek and compact to look at. With easy to navigate keyboard and solid ultra portability (has both USB A and C ports) this one’s a good bargain too.
Got other great entrants we might’ve missed out?