The 5 Best Budget Laptops for Your Child’s Schoolwork

Remember when we were lucky if there was a computer in every classroom? Now having a laptop for a student is a must. However, laptops are not cheap and there are so many choices. So how do we know which laptop to buy for our kid?

Talk to the teachers before reading our list. They may have a stand for laptops. At the very least, they can say what programs and operating systems (OS) the school uses and what the children are doing with them.

Our criteria for the best budget laptops for school work is simple but strict.

  • It should be priced under $500. The lower the price, the better for most people.
  • Small enough to fit in a backpack with books, but big enough to use comfortably.
  • The laptop should be able to run for 6 hours on a full charge.
  • Bluetooth is a must. Watching videos is now necessary for homework, and if your child can wear Bluetooth headphones, it will make for a quieter night for you. Face it, they’re going to listen to music and watch Disney+ too.

Most laptops already have all the necessary ports, such as USB and HDMI, DisplayPort or VGA. WiFi is also in everything. Any other special feature is a bonus at this point.

Super thin, with a bright 15.6-inch HD display, the Acer Aspire 5 sits between the base and all the features. It is powerful enough for most tasks from high school to college students. Only animators and computer science students may need more.

It has enough memory and graphics support to even play some decent games. Add to that a battery life of 7.5 hours and you have one of the best budget laptops.

Price: $350
processor: AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
RAM: 4GB DDR4
Storage: 128GB SSD
Display type: Full HD IPS 1920 x 1080
Graphics processing: Vega 3 Co-processor
Ports: 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 HDMI port with HDCP support
operating system: Windows 10 Home in S mode
Battery life: ~7 hours

This one is on the higher end of the budget at $449.99. For that, the Lenovo Flex has a 14-inch touchscreen and, as the name suggests, can be turned directly over to be able to use it as a tablet.

It can run most apps that a student would use. With the flexible ability, it is probably best in the hands of high school or college students. Being able to fold backwards does create more chances of accidental damage.

Price: $449.99
Processor: Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
RAM: 4GB DDR4 2400MHz
Storage: 128GB SSD
Display type: 14.0” HD Multi-touch
Graphics processing: Integrated Intel UHD 610 graphics card
Ports: 2 x USB 3.1** (1 x always on), USB-C, card reader, HDMI, audio jack
operating system: Windows 10 Home in S mode
battery life: ~8 hours, fast charge up to 80% in one hour

Some people shy away from Chromebooks because they think their kids need Windows to use Microsoft Office. For most students, the Microsoft Office apps for the ChromeOS will do more than they need.

This Chromebook has a huge 15.6-inch touchscreen, which is unusual in the Chromebook world. Chromebooks are a little different, but they are more than capable of serving most students and elementary school students. Perhaps more importantly, it has an aluminum chassis which makes it a durable option.

Price: $293.88
processor: Intel Quad Core Pentium N4200
RAM: 4GB DDR4 RAM
Storage: 64 GB eMMC (integrated MultiMediaCard)
Display type: 15.6″ Full HD touchscreen
Graphics processing: Intel Integrated Graphics
Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1, combo headphone and speaker jack
operating system: Chrome OS
battery life: ~6.5 hours

The most portable and most affordable budget laptops on this list is the Lenovo 130S. It has a smaller screen, 11.6 inches, and it lacks a bit of horsepower compared to others on this list. However, it does have Windows 10 with a 1-year Office 365 subscription included.

This is a great option for taking notes in class. At this price, it is also suitable for younger primary school students.

Price: $175
Processor: Intel Celeron N4000
RAM: 4GB DDR3
Storage: 64GB eMMC
Display type: 11.6” HD 1366 x 768
Graphics processing: Intel UHD Graphics 600
Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1, 1 x HDMI output
operating system: Windows 10
battery life: ~8 hours

The laptops don’t have much storage space so far. They depend on the abundance of cloud storage available today. But sometimes it is necessary to store large amount of files locally.

If your student needs it, this might just be the best budget laptop for them. It is a powerful computer with a 2 TB hard drive.

Price: $370
Processor: AMD A9-9425 Dual Core
RAM: 8GB DDR4-1866 SDRAM
Storage: 2TB 5400rpm HDD
Display type: 15.6″ diagonal HD SVA BrightView WLED backlit
Graphics processing: AMD Radeon R5 graphics card
Ports: 1 HDMI 1.4, 1 headphone/microphone combo; 1 RJ-45; 1 USB 2.0; 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (data only)
operating system: Windows 10 Home
battery life: ~9 o’clock

Are these really the best budget laptops?

“Best” is a subjective term because your needs may be completely different from the criteria. These exact models may also not be available in your region or country.

We believe this is a solid, well-researched, good start to finding the best budget laptop for you or your kids.

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