If you want your children to grow and become an engineer, programmer or take any other computer-related path, you should get them a laptop while they are young. We did over 26 hours of research and tested various models until we were able to come up with the 5 best laptops for kids available for this year. Let’s not waste any more time and jump straight into it.
1. Microsoft Surface Go
The winner of our best laptops for kids list is the Surface Go. The Microsoft Surface Go is a perfect all-arounder with its ability to just do anything pretty well, being a convertible 2-in-1 device you can also use it as a tablet, depending on your needs. This is really a great productivity workhorse when bundled with the Type Cover, Surface Pen and Surface Mobile Mouse, however, the accessories don’t come with the basic package but they are all worth the price.
It has become a struggle to find a laptop or any other device that is premium looking, and that also provides durability and sturdiness. While the Microsoft Surface Go is not exactly the most well covered and crash proof device, it should be safe through some drops and accidents around the house. The kickstand adds stability to the device and you will not feel it wobbling, the hinge of the device also allows it to be tilted at various angles.
Its silver finish with the Windows logo on the back give the device a premium look, but the large bezels will be annoying at some point, as most of its competitors have eliminated the bezels.
The 10-inch IPS screen on the Surface Go is awesome, with great hues and realistic details, it has a maximum brightness of 225 nits the Go has a screen that will prove useful in every situation. Thanks to its color reproduction of 92.8% of the sRGB color gamut the Surface GO will be useful in the hands of aspiring graphic designers, so if your kid is interested in visual work this will be handy for them. Overall, the display is crisp and bright with vivid colors.
The Surface Go has an Intel Pentium Gold 4415 CPU, which is not very good stand alone, but incorporated in this device it is perfect, considering its 8GB of RAM it should be no surprise. It will get you through the day easily and will handle every task like a breeze, school projects will not be nerve racking, finally. This CPU also allows the Surface Go to have better battery life.
To conclude, the Surface Go with its features, performance, battery life and the amazing display is the best all-around laptop for kids.
2. Lenovo IdeaPad U430
If you want to gift your kid an amazing ultrabook that is touchscreen capable, and just the right elements and price to make it valuable. It has an awesome battery life, a great screen, tons of interesting features like voice control. Also its powerful processor and other performance specs, prove that this is the best entry-level ultrabook that will prove its worth.
The Lenovo IdeaPad U430 is a very classy machine with aluminum chassis with just the chrome Lenovo on the back. On the screen there are the glossy bezels that are not the thinnest, cover the 14-inch screen. The deck and touchpad have followed suit and have adopted the same design as the lid, a nice contrast is achieved with the recessed black keyboard, overall the laptop is understated but designed to perfection.
It is equipped with 1600×900 pixel 14-inch with 10 point touch screen, the resolution is denser and provides more pixels per inch than most of its competitors. Details 1080p HD videos will be amazing and very sharp, but you will have more space to operate in, which helps with productivity. Despite the details looking exceptional and sharp, the colors were little lacking, it was not bad per se, but it was not as lively as I have expected, the brightness was a bit behind as well.
The Lenovo IdeaPad U430 is equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U CPU with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 500GB of solid state hybrid drive and a 16GB NAND Flash cache on top of that, from just these numbers we can see that the IdeaPad U430 is a performer. During testing I saw that this device was capable of handling everything that I could throw away at it with ease, and was pretty good in synthetic benchmark tests for performance.
Graphics wise, disappointingly it relies on integrated graphics of Intel, the HD Graphics 4400 to be exact. Which will prove enough for HD video streaming, but at gaming it will be just enough for some light gaming.
Combined with its 9 hour battery life, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 is an excellent laptop for every user.
3. Samsung Chromebook 3
Samsung Chromebook 3 is a fun little laptop with great capabilities, it is definitely the best Chromebook on the market and is perfectly adequate for kids, and even for frequent travelers that need a lightweight package. It comes as a great all around package with an amazing screen, exceptional battery life, and enough power to get you through most productivity tasks, and with an attractive price, it is a must consider for those on budget.
Interestingly the Chromebook 3 has an excellent build quality, despite having a budget price, but it is made from plastic throughout. The lid and the deck both have the textured metallic black design that gives this laptop a somewhat more utilitarian look, that makes it pretty versatile in lots of settings. The palm rest is very smooth and the edge is rounded and smoothed as well to keep your wrists comfortable enough, another comfort addition was the texture around the screen that eliminates reflections from the glossy bezel.
The hinges are strong and flexible enough to tilt the display up to 180 degrees but other than that there is no flex, very quality build for that price, also it is very lightweight and small so you can even carry it under your arm easily.
Samsung Chromebook 3 has an excellent display, it measures at 11.6 inches with 1366×768 LED display that is pretty bright compared to its price range, sitting at a maximum of 259 nits. This really provides the screen with very good viewing angles without losing quality or color accuracy. It really shines in the color reproduction, by providing realistic colors that put other budget laptops to shame with its vibrancy and accuracy, everything looks warm, natural, and authentic.
The Samsung Chromebook 3 is equipped with a 1.6-GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMc flash storage, these numbers are pretty good enough for most of the tasks you will have to endure throughout your day, and will prove useful during your kid’s school projects.
With a battery life of about ten hours, the Samsung Chromebook 3 is pretty much offering performance and endurance way above its price range, an amazing device.
4. Acer Predator Helios 300
Acer Predator Helios 300 is a gaming laptop with plenty of punch and a 144Hz IPS display that is in middle of the price spectrum. It offers a decent image and amazing gaming performance. It is available in multiple specifications range and it should provide your children with amazing gaming experience.
From its looks and aesthetics, you will understand that Acer Predator Helios 300 is a gaming machine. It has the Predator logo and its trademark red highlights with sharp angles, but it is not overly outlandish. The chassis is built with black matte plastic or brushed black anodized aluminum, giving it a clever look. It is not guaranteed that it won’t attract a few strange looks in the business meeting, but it will fare well in a regular day in the office.
The build quality of this machine is solid, and feels very sturdy despite being mostly plastic. There is no flex, nor any gaps in the body, although it is a little thick at 26.8mm and a little heavy with 2.7kg of weight.
The Helios 300 is packed with a 1TB of HDD by default, but is upgradeable to a larger HDD or even SSD if you want faster booting times. Our sample was equipped with Intel Core i7-8750H CPU with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD. With these specs it is guaranteed that it will stay put under any pressure and will overcome any workload. In the synthetic benchmark tests it has excelled and outperformed its counterparts. The Nvidia GTX 1060 is a great performer in this laptop as it gets close to 144Hz refresh rate at 1080p. Pretty decent performances all around, pleasant gaming.
The 15.6-inch display with 1080p resolution is very balanced. It is a suitable resolution for the size of the screen. The 144Hz refresh rate is very smooth and will add to your competitive edge. The IPS panel reproduces 84% of the sRGB color gamut and it has a decent contrast level. The display is unremarkable, but has no weaknesses.
Acer Predator Helios 300, is the perfect choice for those that are a little more comfortable on the budget for a gaming laptop. A really solid choice.
5. LG Gram 13Z980
To start our best laptops for kids list, we have a great product from LG. When choosing a laptop for your children it is important to check on the features, performance, and battery. The LG Gram 13Z980 delivers a package that has nice balanced features, decent performance, great build with durability, and the best battery life that you can find on the market, all under the same hood.
Design-wise, this particular model boasts a clean, all-white body that is made of nanocarbon magnesium that makes this unit exceptionally durable and sturdy, while on the other hand, it makes it lightweight enough to be carried and opened with only one hand, perfect for children from first grade until the end of highschool.
It is worth mentioning that the connection ports include a micro SD port, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type C port, an RJ 45 Ethernet port, an HDMI port, a DC input, a headphone output, and a micro SD port.
When it comes to the keyboard and the touchpad, I would like to inform you that the keyboard is backlit, feels really comfortable to type on and has a decent key travel, meaning that you can type accurately without missing a stroke, while on the other side, the touchpad supports four-finger gestures.
This model is equipped with 8 GB of RAM, an i5 processor, a 256 GB SSD, and a UHD Graphics 620, which is quite good if you ask me, since this laptop can handle a heavy-workload without any problem, it will get your kid through all the tasks throughout the day.
Moreover, the 13.3-inch screen has a maximum resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels and uses the IPS technology, that will let you have a clear sight from wide viewing angles while maintaining excellent contrast with deep blacks and accurate colors.
I’d also like to add that the battery life is among the most notable things regarding this laptop, because it can last up to 22.5 hours of use, and although this may vary in practice, you can expect at least 12 hours of use of web surfing, which is plenty for a typical school day.
Considering everything, this laptop should be considered on top of your list if you think that price and performance should go hand to hand.