So your kid needs a laptop — here’s what you should know

So your kid needs a laptop — here's what you should know

These are the latest best deals on cheap laptops:


The learning experience is fundamentally different for kids now than it was even for today’s 20-somethings — especially for elementary and middle schools. A lot of that change can be attributed to laptops.

Since pandemic-induced school closures forced both teachers and parents to make online learning work (something that could become a part of education for a very long time) the case for kids to have their own laptop or tablet at home is stronger than ever. Read more…

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MOST DURABLE LAPTOP FOR KIDS

Samsung Chromebook 3

Weighing in at 2.5 pounds, this 11-inch Chromebook is easy for little arms to pick up but sturdy enough to withstand drops.

  • Battery life: 11 hours
  • Weight: 2.54 pounds
  • Display: 1366 x 768
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 16GB, 32GB


$259 from Walmart

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Microsoft Surface Go 2

Microsoft's 2-in-1 laptop is a slick studying sidekick that comes with a stylus and an app for scanning whiteboards.

  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Display: 1920 x 1280
  • RAM: 4GB, 8GB
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB


$399.99 from Best Buy

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BEST FOR ENTERTAINMENT

Acer Chromebook Spin 15

A slick, under-$500 Chromebook that's ace for streaming and multitasking.

  • Battery life: 13 hours
  • Weight: 4.63 pounds
  • Display: 1920 x 1080
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB


$449 from Best Buy

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BEST FOR YOUNG TEENAGERS

Google Pixelbook Go

A lot of Chromebooks are sluggish and heavy, but the newest Pixelbook is a lightweight powerhouse.

  • Battery life: 12 hours
  • Weight: 2.33 pounds
  • Display: 1920 x 1280
  • RAM: 8GB, 16GB
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB


$649 from Best Buy

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BEST FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADS

Apple MacBook Air

The 2020 Air is a beefed-up MacBook with a Retina display and a 10th-gen Intel Core processor.

  • Battery life: 12 hours
  • Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Display: 2560 x 1600
  • RAM: 8GB (configurable up to 16GB)
  • Storage: 256GB, 512GB (configurable up to 2TB)


$999 from Amazon

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BEST VALUE

HP Laptop 14-DK1003DX

One of the few budget laptops that's large and lag-free.

  • Battery life: 7 hours
  • Weight: 3.33 pounds
  • Display: 1366 x 768
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB


$371 from Amazon

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BEST FOR HOMEWORK

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

At under $300, the 2-in-1 Chromebook Duet has some impressive specs for its price point — and you don't need to buy a separate keyboard.

  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Weight: 2.03 pounds altogether (0.99 pounds without keyboard)
  • Display: 1920 x 1200
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB


$299 from Best Buy