Now is a great time to consider the new tech your kids will need next year. From mobile phones and tablets to laptops and accessories, we’ve got you covered. A rundown on school laptops and tablets, including our recommendations.
School Laptops and Tablets
Most schools will have a minimum requirements list for BYOD and BYOT or even a shortlist of recommended or approved devices. As a rule of thumb these devices should be light with a long-lasting battery. We recommend school laptops have a minimum 12.5-14” display with an Intel i5, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD. These devices will be used all day and most nights so your investment in a decent machine will bring great value over the coming years. Our recommendation is a laptop over a tablet. They are generally more powerful, run more sophisticated applications and most importantly allow for better multi tasking.
If your school does prefer a tablet consider the larger end that support keyboard covers. The 10.5″ iPad Pro is a great option. Not only is it the most powerful iPad, but with the Smart Keyboard cover option you get a full size keyboard with no batteries or cables to worry about. If you child is creative the optional Apple Pencil is the perfect companion accessory.
The operating system will come down to school requirements or the personal preference of your child or household. Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS are the two most common for laptops, with Chromebooks running Google Chrome OS. Tablets will have either Apple iOS or Google Android.
Two great devices on this year’s shortlist are the Microsoft Surface Laptop and the Apple MacBook Air 13. Our prices are extremely competitive (too hot to advertise) and with access from all authorised Australian distributors we can access stock in time for the new school year.
What to Avoid with School Laptops
Avoid smaller than 10” displays as it will result in eye strain and the reduced keyboard size can cause discomfort and poor muscle memory when moving to a full size keyboard, not to mention, excessive typos. Larger screens of 15-17” are best left on the desk at home as their reduced cost will result in excessively heavy and cumbersome devices. Remember most of the time your children will be carrying their laptop with them to and from school, so the weight of the device is an important consideration.
Cover your Investment
Some of the devices on our Back to School shortlist come with an extended warranty option that covers accidental damage. This is a great option as it will cover you against drops, liquid damage and other accidents that can happen. In most cases it is best to give your insurance provider a call and have your child’s school laptop or school tablet included as portable contents in your home policy. Some schools may provide an opt in cover option to cover your child’s device as part of a group.
A hard case for you school laptop or tablet is another great idea. Targus make some great cases that are designed with the rough and bumpy school journeys in mind. The Targus Education Series Range are a perfect choice to protect your school laptop investment.
Check your schools BYOD policy, they will include a list of the required software. Some of this software may be available to your child for free if the have a government education email address. For example, NSW students can access Adobe and Microsoft software from the NSW Department of Education – Academic Software Download Centre. If your child doesn’t have access to this or you need some speciality or niche software, we can help you with software form most major vendors.
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We’d love to help you find a device that meets your school and personal requirements, so give us a call or contact us here and let us help you. Our extensive range is well priced and we can help you get everything you need from the one place.