Laptops for a student or schoolchild: 3 main mistakes when choosing

Many par­ents do not quite cor­rect­ly under­stand the list of tasks that the child has to solve dur­ing train­ing. Accord­ing to many, these are banal texts in Word and tables in Excel — per­for­mance, RAM and oth­er char­ac­ter­is­tics are absolute­ly not impor­tant here. So, what mis­takes do adults make when choos­ing a lap­top for a stu­dent or school­child?

one Total savings on configuration

We just men­tioned this. A lap­top is a device that is not updat­ed every year, so you need to take into account not cur­rent needs, but future ones. The max­i­mum bud­get device may suit a pri­ma­ry school stu­dent, but as soon as he gets old­er and starts run­ning more or less seri­ous pro­grams, prob­lems may begin. About the opti­mal, from our point of view, con­fig­u­ra­tion — a lit­tle lat­er. But if the bud­get is very lim­it­ed, check out this selec­tion of lap­tops.

2 Emphasis on legacy models

They are, of course, cheap­er than new ones. And, it would seem, what’s the dif­fer­ence — these are not shoes from the new col­lec­tion, the year of release does not play a big role. But not exact­ly. Over the past cou­ple of years, many thin and light mod­els have appeared on the mar­ket. Say, with iden­ti­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions, a 15-inch lap­top can weigh 0.5 kg or more lighter than a four-year-old mod­el. Stu­dents and school­child­ren often car­ry lap­tops with them, and weight is very impor­tant for them. As well as auton­o­my — if ear­li­er 5–6 hours were con­sid­ered a good indi­ca­tor, today there are devices that can work for 10 hours.

Laptops for a student or schoolchild: 3 main mistakes when choosing

3 Rejection of a discrete graphics card

The video card is most often asso­ci­at­ed with games. The cool­er the toys, the cool­er the video card is need­ed. But for office tasks, you can get by with built-in (inte­grat­ed into the moth­er­board) graph­ics. Here we again return to the ques­tion: is it enough for a stu­dent to use Word and Excel? In our opin­ion, it is unlike­ly.

A mod­ern video card is a sep­a­rate proces­sor that can quick­ly process graph­ics, accel­er­ate tasks of mod­el­ing, arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, com­put­er vision, and more. There­fore, lap­tops with a video card on board are tru­ly a uni­ver­sal plat­form not only for enter­tain­ment, but also for learn­ing and devel­op­ment.

What tasks does the video card solve?

Here is just a small list of such tasks.

  • Pro­cess­ing high-res­o­lu­tion pho­tos in Pho­to­shop;
  • Cre­ation of ani­ma­tion plots;
  • 3D mod­el­ing in Maya and 3dsMax;
  • Video edit­ing in Adobe Pre­mier Pro;
  • Neur­al net­work train­ing (Python pro­gram­ming).

A lap­top with a video card on board is a uni­ver­sal plat­form for learn­ing, no mat­ter what the child is inter­est­ed in in the future. The pow­er and safe­ty mar­gin of such sys­tems will be enough for 4–5 years. These lap­tops will pro­vide you with skills that will be use­ful for mas­ter­ing inter­est­ing and in-demand pro­fes­sions: from a com­mu­ni­ca­tions spe­cial­ist and a design­er to an arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and data analy­sis spe­cial­ist.

In summary: what is the optimal configuration?

Here you can argue for a long time, but for high school stu­dents and stu­dents, in our opin­ion, lap­tops with the fol­low­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics are suit­able:

  • Intel Core i5 (8300/8400) proces­sor or equiv­a­lent,
  • RAM from 8 GB,
  • GeForce GTX 1660 video card
  • avail­abil­i­ty of USB 3.1 and HDMI ports.

How much would such a model cost?

Not 100$. For a lap­top with a 15.6‑inch screen and the char­ac­ter­is­tics men­tioned above, you will have to pay from 500$. Here is a rel­a­tive­ly afford­able mod­el Leno­vo Idea­pad L340-15IRH — by the way, don’t let the terms “gam­ing” or “gam­ing” con­fuse you. It just means that the per­for­mance is enough for games.

A large 1 TB hard dri­ve, up to 9 hours of bat­tery life, all the main con­nec­tors (includ­ing USB‑C) are here.

Approx­i­mate­ly in the same price cat­e­go­ry — HP PAVILION 15-dp0019ur. The proces­sor is a lit­tle sim­pler, but the RAM is 16 GB and an excel­lent bunch of 128 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD. Video card — opti­mal GeForce GTX 1060.

Anoth­er good option with Win­dows 10 pre­in­stalled is ASUS TUF Gam­ing FX504GM-E4188T. Not the heav­i­est, with the pos­si­bil­i­ty of expand­ing RAM, an Intel Core i5 8300H 2300 MHz proces­sor and a GeForce GTX 1060 video card. The only thing is that the auton­o­my is very small, so in the audi­ence you will have to sit clos­er to the out­let.

Final­ly, an alter­na­tive from MSI: the mod­el GL63 8SC-019XRU. Also with the nec­es­sary “gen­tle­man’s set”, although with­out the OS includ­ed.

What else will be use­ful to read before choos­ing a lap­top:

  • The best lap­tops for school­child­ren and stu­dents: for study and not only
  • Used lap­tops: how to buy and what to check?

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