Most parents opt for either a tablet or a laptop, although your options are not necessarily limited to the two. In this guide, we will outline the pros and cons of the most popular choices to allow parents to make a more informed decision about the best device for your child.
Notebooks are another name for what most people think of when you hear the word ‘laptop’. Traditionally they offer better performance than other devices, simply because they have more hardware. They also have more storage overall. However, high-end models can set you back considerably, and you may not necessarily need to purchase top of the range. Of course, there are always cheaper options out there. When it comes to making price comparisons, you’ll need to look at a variety similar models to what you’re after, then go with one that is in your price range. There is no point comparing apples with oranges when it comes to devices because the features and price can differ dramatically.
Notebooks also tend to be larger, with some offering a screen size of up to 17 inches (although most will be around 13-16 inches) and weigh considerably more than some other options which may be a concern if a child will be walking to and from school and trying to fit the device in a schoolbag. That’s not to say that your child is destined to carry around a giant device to and from school: There are many small form factor devices available that pack a punch when it comes to performance, battery life, weight and more.
Tablets are a popular option with parents looking to purchase a device for their child. They tend to be smaller and lighter than traditional laptops, making them easier for children.
In terms of battery life, tablets offer a longer user experience than laptops simply because of their smaller size and reduced hardware. They also tend to be used as a consumption device rather than one for creation. If you’re considering purchasing a traditional tablet, keep in mind that you will need to purchase a keyboard.
Tablets offer users software via apps which is often desirable for parents and children who wish to add and change programs on the device. However, not all programs operate as well as they do on a traditional laptop.
The top of the range tablet can set you back up to $1600, however there are many cheaper options available with some costing as little as $60. It’s important to remember that for the price of a top of the range tablet, you could score yourself a great laptop, boasting much better performance and longevity. It’s differences like that that make a whole lot of difference.
2 in 1 devices
When it comes to choosing a device for your child, your options are not just limited to tablets or laptops. Many PC manufacturers have been offering consumers a hybrid model which is essentially a convertible and detachable laptop which allows the user to have both a laptop functionality with a tablet’s convenience, with features like touch screens and pens.
These devices offer a great deal more flexibility and can give users the best of both worlds when it comes to performance and portability. Essentially, a 2 in 1 device can do everything a traditional laptop can do, with the added benefit of being detachable. can’t.
A further benefit of the 2 in 1 option is that it can eliminate the need for families to purchase multiple devices to meet different needs. There are 2 in 1 devices for sale for as low as $200, with more advanced options costing around $3500. Essentially, a 2 in 1 tends to act like a tablet and performs like a notebook.
An ultraportable is a type of notebook or laptop, which is smaller and lighter than traditional models.
The primary focus with ultraportables is unsurprisingly, their portability, with most of them folding up to be only 1.5 inches. They also weigh considerably less than other models which could be a good option for small children.
Because of their size, the keyboard also tends to be a lot smaller which could be helpful for little hands learning to type.
One downside to the ultraportable category is that the battery tends to be smaller and lighter, meaning that use is reduced without recharging the device.
Typically, the available storage on an ultraportable is smaller than that of a laptop, and many users opt to use an external storage system.