Different laptops excel in different areas. Therefore, you should first consider what your child will be using the laptop for. If you want it for movies or gaming, a laptop with a bigger screen size may serve you best. Whether it's to boost homework productivity or to watch their favourite films on, these are the devices best suited to children.
HP Stream 14
This 14-inch Windows laptop performs particularly well for the price and looks good too. Weighing 1.44kg, it’s reasonably light and easily slips into a thin bag. It has a battery life of about eight hours and 32GB storage that can be topped up with an SD memory card. Kids will love the HD webcam with built-in microphone. The laptop comes with software including McAfee LiveSafe, Netflix and a one-year trial of Office 365.
Venturer Bravowin S
This 10.1-inch laptop is incredibly robust. It’s safe even in the clumsiest kid’s hands, as it has survived factory drop tests of 1.2 metres from all angles. Not to mention, it’s both a tablet and laptop, with the screen easily detaching from the keyboard for movies or games. There’s an eight-hour battery life and it comes equipped with Microsoft Office Mobile. The laptop is light at just over a kilo, and is 24.6mm thick.
Lenovo The Yoga Book
With its creative potential, the Yoga Book is a stand-out option for all ages. Whether your child wants to practise drawing or handwriting or take notes in class, this laptop lets them draw directly onto the touch-sensitive screen with the special pen, or on the notepad that comes with the laptop. It features a whooping 15-hour battery life and is just 4.05mm thick when open. Weighing 690g, it is easy to carry around. The laptop uses an Android operating system but is also available with Windows.
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1
The colour makes it one of the most loved laptops among children. The 360-degree hinge supports four different modes – tablet, upright, tent or laptop. The 11.6-inch display is pretty decent and it weighs little more than a kilogram. It has a10-hour battery, includes a McAfee 30-day trial and MS Office trial. The laptop is better for more basic tasks such as word processing and internet browsing.
Asus Chromebook C300SA
At 13.3 inches, the laptop has a bigger screen than many of its competitors. It offers eight hours of battery life and 32GB of solid-state storage. The HD camera and LED backlit HD display is also one of the most prominent features. With 1.35kg weight and 2.2cm thickness, the laptop is light and thin enough to carry in a school bag. It has a Chrome OS, which mean the whole thing works on the Chrome browser, giving you access to Google Sheets, Docs and more. The ChromeBook is available in various colour combos.
Dell Inspiron 15 3000
This laptop is one of the most child-friendly laptops available in the market at the moment. It has eight hours of battery life, particularly good sound clarity and performs better than its competitors in multimedia tests, making short work of the likes of Photoshop and Handbrake. Although it is quite heavy at 2.14kg – heavier than recommended for kids, but it has a slim 22mm edge, so you can slip it into your laptop bag or rucksack and the big screen and extra battery life definitely makes it worth a try.
Acer ChromeBook R11
This laptop is resilient and easy to use. It is highly suitable from primary school upwards. The laptop folds 360degrees, enabling you to use it as a tablet. It weighs 1.6kg and is thin at just under 20cm. The ChromeBook is compatible with Google Play, has a particularly responsive touchscreen, pretty decent sound, 32GB storage and an impressive 12-hour battery life.