5 things parents should avoid when buying their student a laptop
Avoid these common purchasing mishaps when buying a student a new laptop.
Laptops are ideal for students as they can carry these portable PCs between class in a backpack, allowing them to work on the same Windows 10 PC in class and back at their dorm. Notebooks come in a variety of sizes, configurations, and colors, making choosing one for your student a daunting task. We’ve gone through things you should consider, and now we run you over some things you shouldn’t do when buying a student a new laptop.
1. Choosing the largest display size
There are a few different screen sizes to choose from when shopping around for a laptop. 11-inch laptops are the smallest, while 17-inch portable workstations are designed for those who prefer using their notebook on a desk. The sweet spot for most consumers — and students — are between 13 and 15 inches. This would also depend on what the student would prefer to use. You shouldn’t buy the largest display size out there believing it to be the best.
Smaller displays are better for portability and word documentation, while larger displays make it easier to be creative. As well as screen size, the resolution of the display is also essential. A 1080p (1920 x 1080) 15-inch display will constrict a budding student more than a 1440p (2560 x 1440p) 13-inch panel, allowing you to run more apps side-by-side or see more without having to reduce the size of text or scaling.