Which Laptop Should I Buy for My Child?
28th November 2016
Choosing a laptop for your child can be a daunting task for any parent.
Here we give our recommendations on laptops which are suitable for children, and which we use in our clubs and camps ourselves!
Chromebooks are lightweight with long battery lives. What makes them great for kids is the parental controls where you can create supervised accounts to track or limit online activity.
They use Google Drive for storage so everything is cloud based, and they use Android apps by Adobe, Microsoft etc.
It should be noted that not all Chromebooks support Android apps, a full list of the ones that do can be found here.
These aren’t ideal for playing games such as Minecraft due to them being app based.
The HP Stream is lightweight and ideal for computing on the go. It has a dual-core Intel Celeron processor and runs Windows 10.
These laptops are the perfect size and speed for children and are a great first laptop. Not to mention they come in some fun colours!
If your child is a little older, an HP Pavilion may be your best bet. If they are interested in coding and in particular, creating and playing games such as Minecraft, this laptop is great.
This laptop has an Intel Premium Processor, 1 TB hard disc and HP Audio Boost speakers.
A note for Minecraft users:
When playing and modding Minecraft, your laptop needs to have specific specifications so it pays to check these before purchasing a laptop.
- CPU: Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz
- RAM: 2GB
- GPU (Integrated): Intel HD Graphics or AMD (formerly ATI) Radeon HD Graphics with OpenGL 2.1
- GPU (Discrete): Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT or AMD Radeon HD 2400 with OpenGL 3.1
- HDD: At least 200MB for Game Core and Other Files
- Java 6 Release 45
- CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II (K10) 2.8 GHz
- RAM: 4GB
- GPU: GeForce 2xx Series or AMD Radeon HD 5xxx Series (Excluding Integrated Chipsets) with OpenGL 3.3
- HDD: 1GB
- Latest release of Java 8 from java.com
- Minecraft Release 1.6 or newer. Older versions will need to be updated to current versions
- Please note that some users experience issues playing Minecraft while using a mismatched version of Java for their operating system (32 or 64 bit), while using certain versions of Java 7, or while multiple versions of Java are installed
To read more, there is a great article by Tech Age Kids which also has some great insights!