How To Choose a Laptop for a Child

Laptops are growing in popularity. According to recent surveys, the number of laptop users is almost equal to the number of desktop computer users. One of the winning features that laptops have is their mobility and portability combined with the increasingly powerful processors that these gadgets have. If you are thinking of buying a laptop for your child, here’s what you need to take into consideration.

  1. Purpose. First, consider the uses which the laptop will have for your child. Very small children will not benefit much from laptops except as a tool for playing small games. If this is the case, you should simply purchase a smaller and less expensive gaming console for your child. On the other hand, if your child is in school, the laptop can be very useful for doing researches and writing papers. For older children, the laptop can also be an all-in-one entertainment suite as well, where they can watch movies, play music, play games, or read electronic books. The age of the child will largely determine the purpose which the laptop will have.
  2. Size. Next, consider the size of the laptop. There are plenty of laptops in the market, some of which are better known as netbooks. These are much smaller and are much lighter. Although the specs on these netbooks are usually of lower capacity than a full laptop that is meant as a desktop replacement, these netbooks will do the basic jobs equally well, such as process documents and word files and browse the Internet.   These netbooks are also much more inexpensive, which makes these perfect for small children.
  3. Specs. For older children and teenagers, you will need to start considering the specs of the laptop itself. For instance, some teenagers can already start using photo editing and video editing applications such as Photoshop and InDesign. These applications will require a fair amount of RAM, processing power, and graphics.  Generally, a laptop with around two gigabytes of RAM, 2.0 gigahertz of processing power, and a dedicated graphics card will be able to handle these jobs well. Other specs that you need to consider are the size of the hard drive. If your child will store movies and music in the laptop, you can upgrade the hard drive from the usual 250 gigabytes to up to 500 gigabytes of hard disk space.
  4. Price comparison. Next, compare the models with the specs that you are looking. Check out the prices and look for the one with both a good price and good customer reviews. You can check product reviews from computer centered websites such as CNET. Be sure to check out customer reviews, which will give you insights on how the laptop is handled itself.
  5. Discounts. Finally, look for discounts on refurbished or second hand laptops. For most children, advanced and brand new laptops are not actually necessary. There are plenty of refurbished laptops or second hand laptops that you can buy at very cheap prices. Simply upgrade the hard drive and the memory to instantly refresh the laptop.

For techie children that simply must have their own mobile computers, these are the steps that should help you get a laptop that will put a smile in your kid’s face without breaking your bank account.


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