There are any number of manufacturers that are making items that will work well for students. While we are not recommending any specific brand, here are some things to consider:
- For most students, Chromebooks are a great option at a reasonable price.
- Buy from a reputable dealer, including retail and online retailers. Become familiar with warranty and return policies.
- Consider the "computing power" required for the student. All new laptops and Chromebooks will be adequate for most students. (Additional processing power may be needed for extensive video editing or large scale image editing, but this is beyond what students will need for our high school uses in most cases.)
- Consider battery life. Most students can get by with 4 hours of battery life, but if your students wish to do extended computer work before and after school without recharging, this may require additional resources.
- Look for deals. Closeouts, refurbished equipment, and holiday sales are often great ways of reducing the expense. Tiger Direct (and others) often offer refurbished equipment (new items that required repair) at greatly reduced prices.