Buying laptops or computers for kids is much different than buying for yourself. Knowing what to look for and what they need is key.
First, it’s helpful to answer these questions:
- What programs do they need? Will they be using this for school? They’ll need a word processing program, like Microsoft Word or Microsoft Works Word Processor. Microsoft Works usually comes with Windows by default; Microsoft Word comes with the purchase of the Microsoft Office suite. The suite includes Power Point and Excel, also programs kids may use with school. For a Mac, there’s often a default word processing program, but the full deal can be purchased with Microsoft Office for Macs.
- Do they need internet? Some schools do offer filtered access to the Internet, and others may simply have wireless available. Laptops with wireless capabilities can be disabled so kids can’t get online. Most laptops on the market today come with wireless features and ethernet ports for hooking up to the internet.
- How durable is it? Kids are more likely to lose or break laptops. Shuffling around from school to homeopens many opportunities for dropping or losing them.You may choose not to buy a laptop for kids that is highly expensive and brand new, and instead opt for a decent used one that will support necessary educational programs. Many vendors offer refurbished laptops with good warranties. If you do go for a more expensive new model, consider home insurance that might cover loss due to theft. Having a protective laptop case can also be a good plan.
With these things in mind, you can walk into a store selling computers and have an idea of what to look for. You can also check online with retailer websites and view refurbished models to get some pricing.
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