Buying a New Laptop! – Kids Coder Club

This is all in my humble opinion. Of course, if you are wanting to do any serious work for a specific area just browse what is recommended.

  1. Brand – To me, the brand doesn’t matter!
  2. Central Processing Unit – CPU  Intel i5 or AMD RYZEN 5 upwards
  3. RAM 8GB upwards
  4. Storage SSD if you are looking for better speed but you’ll pay for it. I personally don’t worry about the capacity as I use cloud storage. A child is not going to need large capacity and once they are in their teenage years should also be storing important data on the cloud.
  5. Size – Laptops sizes tend to start at 11.6-inches and go all the way up to 17.3 inches. Most brands and OEMS like HP, Dell, ASUS and Acer tend to offer three display sizes – 13.3-inch, 15.6-inch and 17.3-inches. However, some vendors do sell laptops that fall outside these sizes including 11.6-inches, 12.5-inches and 14-inches.  Obviously, if portability is your priority, you’ll want to go for a smaller sized Windows laptop. They tend to be thinner and lighter than their larger counterparts. Look for laptops that have a screen that is either 12.5-inches or 13.3-inches in size, and a weight between 1kg and 1.5kgs.
  6. Battery life – Don’t leave any machine plugged in when it is fully charged!
  7. USB 3.0 about 10 times faster than a USB 2.0.
  8. Screen quality – Not that important to a child or in truth to me.
  9. Keyboard quality – Not that important to a child or in truth to me.

Refurbished laptops can be great value: 

Laptops Direct

GreenIT

Creative IT

Dell

MyCheapLaptop.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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