Buying a school computer or other learning device?

A growing number of schools are adopting a ‘bring your own’ policy, which lets students use their own laptop or tablet in the classroom. This makes it more important than ever to choose the right device for your children. The team at Intel Australia have put together this simple guide to help you pick a great tablet or laptop or even a versatile ‘2 in 1’ device that’s both a tablet and a laptop.

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What really matters when you‘re choosing a device?

Finding the ideal tablet or laptop can be time-consuming. There‘s a lot to consider, but we’re here to help simplify the process for you. Here are our suggestions on what to look for in a great school device.

School apps may sometimes be pretty demanding, especially as you move from one year to the next. Performance usually matches price, so look for devices with great ‘bang for buck.’ Intel® Atom™, Celeron® and Pentium® processors are terrific for primary students. If you have the more demanding needs of high school (such as running apps like Adobe Photoshop*), you should consider devices running the Intel® Core™ family of processors: the Core™ i3, Core™ i5 and Core™ i7.

Look for a device that can run for at least six hours before you have to recharge it. If battery life is really vital for your child, consider the very latest models fitted with Intel‘s energy-efficient 6th Generation Core™ processors, which may help stretch battery life even further. Choosing a device with long battery life means your child may get through a full day of lessons without needing the laptop‘s battery charger or a power point.

Those book-laden backpacks are heavy enough, so look for a laptop weighing less than two kilos. The featherweight champ of the laptop world is a special device called an Ultrabook™. These are light and slim designs, while their long battery life2 means your kids rarely need to carry a laptop charger around.

Most tablets and laptops sold today have built-in wireless networking (also called ‘Wi-Fi’). This lets them ‘plug in’ to the school’s own Internet connection. New Wi-Fi technology offer smooth and fast connections. By ensuring that your BYO device is compatible with your school’s wireless network, smooth and fast connections will not be a concern – even in crowded classrooms.

We don‘t need to tell you how rough kids can sometimes be with their stuff! To protect your investment in a BYO device, look for one which uses a solid state drive rather than a conventional hard disk drive. With no moving parts, modern SSD storage is generally more resilient when bumped, knocked or dropped. And don‘t forget to add a good quality carry case to your shopping list.

Documents, photos, video clips, multimedia, apps … they’ll all be fighting for space on your device, especially in high school years. We suggest you look for at least 128GB of storage in any laptop or Ultrabook™, and 32GB in a tablet.

New tablets and laptops sold in Australia commonly come with a warranty. However, some schools may require a warranty up to three years with ‘on-site’ service. You may be able to buy an extended warranty package from the device’s manufacturer or retailer. Some schools might also suggest that parents take out an insurance policy as well as an extended warranty, so that the device is covered against accidental damage, loss and theft.

Even for the hardest-working student, it can’t be all about school. For general Internet browsing and simple after-school apps, a tablet is usually more than enough. But if your kids like playing more sophisticated games (after their homework, of course!) you may need to look for something more powerful. A device that runs on the new Windows 10 not only may help you run more demanding games, it can also have incredible graphics thanks to DirectX 12 as well as the ability to stream Xbox games on Windows devices.

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1 Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information go to http://www.intel.com/performance.

2 Battery life may vary depending on hardware, software, operating conditions and system configurations. Please contact the respective device manufacturer for more information on battery life.

Intel technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at http://www.intel.com.au.

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

The contents of this webpage are intended merely to be a simple general guide to assist consumers to select which device to buy. You may have more specific requirements or needs for your device not addressed in this general guide. You should consult other information and sources to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases.