With more schools closing due to the Coronavirus, more parents are looking at homeschooling as an alternative. While in normal circumstances there might be a computer at home to use, parents are also working from home so there is a need to purchase a new computer for your child. Today we are going to go over some of the best computer options for your child for homeschooling.
Desktop vs Laptop vs Tablet vs Chromebook
When we talk about computers, there are three different options we can look at. We have a choice between a desktop, a laptop and a tablet.
A desktop is a Personal Computer that is less portable and requires individuals purchasing a monitor, keyword and a mouse.
- Normally less expensive
- More memory and speed options
- Not Portable
- Requires additional accessories like a webcam
A laptop is a portable device which includes a monitor, mouse/trackpad and a monitor. It is a clamshell device that can be closed and placed in a bag making it portable.
- Touch Screen options available
- Tend to be more expensive with certain brands when compared to a desktop
- Lower specs with storage and memory
Tablets are a lot like a laptop where they are portable but do not come with a builtin keyword or trackpad. They might be packaged with a keyword, but they are normally an extension of the device.
- Touch Screen
- Their operating systems are a less advanced when compared to a desktop or laptop
- Less connection options for external accessories and devices
- Require a physical keyword and mouse
A Chromebook is a lot like a laptop in design. But it doesn’t have an advanced operating system like Windows or Mac OS and instead uses Chrome as its primary OS. It is built to be used more as a cloud based device using online apps like Google Docs and Sheets.
- Requires less memory and speed
- Less advanced operating system
- Cloud Based Software
Homeschool Computer Recommendations
We have put together a few recommendations that we feel would be best for homeschooling. While we provide Desktop cons and pros, we feel that it is not a great solution for homeschooling. Biggest reason being that with everyone normally working from home, finding an area to setup a desktop especially if there is already one in the house can be difficult. Our other options are portable and will take up less space.
The Apple iPad is our number one choice. Most children might already have one around the house or have used their parents apple devices. They are very simple to get used to and in most instances also recommended by schools themselves.
Acer 15 Inch Laptop
For a laptop option there are many alternatives to our choice which is the Acer 15 inch. The Acer is a great choice due to its price point and the fact that you get a large 15 inch monitor. It is great for homeschooling with its builtin webcam and loud speakers. It also has a great battery-life and a solid build quality.
Samsung Chromebook 4
For our Chromebook option we went with the Samsung model which also packs a 15 inch monitor. It has a great battery life and an incredible price for what it provides. But do not forget that a Chromebook is not recommended if you are looking at downloading software like Microsoft office or Adobe. It is built to be a more cloud based device using software in the cloud like Google Docs and Google Sheets.