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Digital learning has been more important than ever since the Corona crisis: so that tasks can be done at home and, if necessary, in the classroom on a laptop or tablet, it can make sense for parents to provide their children with their own device.

But what actually makes a good laptop for students?

Laptop for students: the most important features at a glance

Good student laptops don't have to be expensive, but they should meet certain criteria:

● Light, compact and easy to transport

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● Robust housing

● Good battery life

● Screen resolution: Full HD or higher

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● RAM: at least 4 GB

Notebook for students: ideal for learning

Of course, processor performance always plays a decisive role when buying a notebook or laptop.

However, a laptop for schoolchildren is often an entry-level model such as the Acer Chromebook 14 inch * or the Acer Chromebook 15 inch *, which should not be used for gaming, image editing or video editing, but rather for learning.

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Large laptops for schoolchildren: these are all-rounders

If, on the other hand, it is to become an all-rounder, the Lenovo Notebook 3020e * equipped with 8 GB of RAM is recommended.

Due to its weight of two kilograms and its 15.6-inch screen, it is more suitable for stationary use and less for on the go.

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For those for whom 15 inches are not enough, the Chinese manufacturer also has the Lenovo (17.3 inch) HD + notebook * on offer.

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Small laptops: ideal for backpacks and bags

When it comes to the screen diagonal, the most important thing is how the laptop is to be used for school.

If it is also needed in class, it should be small and light enough to fit in a backpack or bag.

If it is primarily intended to do homework at home, a larger laptop is a bit easier on the eyes in the long run.

Tip: The Lenovo Chromebook * with a 14-inch screen diagonal, Full HD and 32 GB of data storage is an inexpensive notebook for schoolchildren.

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If you would like a little more storage space, you should consider the Lenovo Chromebook A6 *.

This shines with a memory size of 64 GB.

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If you as a student have to work longer at the computer, using a trackpad can quickly become annoying.

In such cases it is advisable to acquire a wireless mouse.

The Logitech M185 *, for example, works via a nano USB receiver.

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Student laptop: powerful model from Apple

Apple products such as the MacBook Air * are also suitable for everyday school use thanks to their lightweight construction, but are quite expensive, especially for beginners.

The advantage: The built-in security features do not make an additional virus program absolutely necessary and therefore also offer children very good virus protection when surfing.

Despite all this, parents should pay attention to where children are on the Internet and make the appropriate settings for child safety.

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Tablet for school

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For younger children of primary school age, however, a tablet * is still best, as operation is particularly intuitive and many can already use a smartphone without any problems.

When purchasing, you can ensure that a tablet with a keyboard * is selected.

This can be removed at first - and when the writing becomes more important, it can simply be added.

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iPad for school: which one is suitable?

With the current iPad *, children can also cope well with everyday school life.

If necessary, the SIM card variant * can be selected if it is to be used on the go.

The slightly larger iPad Air * can also be considered - the powerful, but also quite expensive iPad Pro * may not necessarily have to be for school work, however.

Parents should note: after all, something can always be broken or lost during use and on the go.

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This article was first published in August 2020.

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