Techlicious: Picking the Best Back-to-School Laptop


By Suzanne Kantra for Techlicious

When someone asks me what computer they should buy for their child, it’s not a simple answer. Age, activities, whether the child will be carrying the laptop outside the house and budget all factor into my recommendations. There are some basic guidelines, though, that can help you narrow your choices.

Middle School

Most middle-school-age children don’t need to bring their own laptop to school every day, so you’ll find the best value in a 15-16-inch model. Opt for either an Intel Core i3 or AMD dual-core E Series processor with integrated graphics, both of which are capable of running mainstream programs, like the Microsoft Office suite and photo editing programs. Battery life tends to run between four and six hours and the laptops weigh more than five pounds. So these laptops are certainly portable, but meant to be used at the kitchen table under supervision, not toted to school. Good choices in this category are the HP Pavilion g6x ($449 on and the Dell Insiprion 15R ($499 on

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