How to choose the best laptop for students

Choosing a laptop for your child can be slightly different from choosing one for yourself. You need to examine different criteria before zeroing in on the right choice for your child. It must be a carefully thought-through decision in order for your child to be able to make the most of the new purchase.

A guide to choosing the best laptop for students.[1]

1. Consider the Ergonomics

This is the most important factor to consider before choosing a laptop. How big is it and how comfortable will your child feel using it. It might be a good idea to get your child to try a few shortlisted models out before zeroing in on the right one. Your child’s comfort with their new gadget is paramount.

2. Specifications

Consider the kind of work your child will be expected to do on the laptop. Will it be graphics and design heavy or primarily word processing with some custom tools in the mix. Take a look at the software programs your child’s school expects them to use and choose the right configurations accordingly.

3. Decide whether you need a touch screen or not

Understanding your child’s laptop use will also help you determine whether you need a touch screen or not. While not strictly necessary, a touch screen can offer a number of benefits. It is also particularly handy if you are looking for a device that is as much for family entertainment as it is education.

4. Durability

Choose a laptop that is tough and durable; able to withstand any potential drops and spills that are likely when being used by a child. Dell offers some of the best laptops for students that are built to last and are tough enough to survive through a variety of extreme conditions.

5. Portability

If your child will be using their laptop in school then portability and battery life are key aspects to consider. The device needs to last long enough on a charge so that it does not give way right in the middle of class or an important assignment. Conversely, if your child will only be using the machine at home then it might be worth trading in battery life for higher technical specifications.

If you are looking for a computer for your child and are yet to decide then use our questionnaire to find the perfect PC.[2]



Dell Aarambh
  • Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.