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My older kids aged 13 and 9 will be going back to traditional school via online learning (from homeschooling) this school year. And, I can take this time to concentrate on homeschooling my preschooler. As a requirement, we are going to purchase laptops and headsets for both kids.
What specifications should I be looking for in a laptop and a headset that is appropriate for online/virtual learning of kids? Do you have any idea how much will it approximately cost?
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My son uses a Chromebook in school and that seems to be the universal computer for the elementary/middle school. I was shopping for a laptop recently and wanted something that I could use for my personal and work use, but also that the kids could use. I ended with a Samsung Galaxy Laptop and I've been very happy with it. I was not very familiar with Chromebooks and decided to stick with a PC for ease of use and familiarity.
The kids have no issues using the Samsung. The model I got was about $600, but you can easily find laptops below that price range. I always read reviews and talk with the sales rep at the store about what model is best for me.
There are a few specific things I would look for with a computer being used for school -
Touchscreen - some of the apps or tasks my kids do are just easier with a touchscreen vs. the touchpad or a regular mouse.
Multiple USB ports - You may need to use more than one at the same time (for example, if you are using a regular mouse)
HDMI port - This is especially handy for videos (and if your kids are sharing a screen or a computer) so you can easily set it up to a television for easier viewing