Classroom practices have been changing gradually over the last couple of years, with many students now working on laptops both in school and for doing homework. Fewer kids are attending face to face lessons, even studying from out-of-state or overseas locations, so laptops are rapidly becoming the teacher’s most important educational tool.
In order to prepare for this new style of classroom, teachers are having to spend hours researching lesson topics online, creating multimedia presentations, and becoming more than adept at Zoom or MS Office. However, with teacher’s salaries remaining on the low end, the chosen laptop has to perform well, whilst keeping a budget-friendly price tag.
What should I look for in an educational laptop?
- Processor: Due to the amount of work that is expected from an educational laptop, we recommend an 8th generation and upward Intel Core, or a Ryzen 3 processor
- Display: Any graphics you create must be clear and easy to understand, so a Full HD display will provide the ability to make stunning charts, videos and more
- RAM: In order to always have plenty of spare memory, 8GB is fine. If you are working within the university sector, it could be worth considering getting 16GB
- WiFi Card: For online teaching, this is crucial, and avoids congested internet signals
- SSD: With lectures being recorded, as well as a solid-state drive, it’s a good idea to have at least 128 GB storage space
The models that we feature here have all survived our testing process, designed to separate the great from the merely mundane. Have a look through our winners: