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Computers, once an optional part of childhood learning, have become all but mandatory in many schools. Whether it’s used to access lesson plans and homework, connect for online learning, or just research school projects, having the right computer for your kids can be essential their to success.
The good news is that these school-ready laptops don’t need to cost a lot of money. While some parents may prefer a higher-priced option such as a MacBook, many students will perform just as well with a Chromebook at less than a fifth of the price. And there are plenty of solid options in between, in case the school notebook will also be used for Roblox, Fortnite and other after-school activities.
Take a look at some affordable laptop options for middle school students, all currently on sale for back to school.
Chromebooks Under $250
Positioned somewhere between a full-functioning notebook and a tablet, a Chromebook is more than enough computer for most middle school students. Chromebooks offer access to popular apps such as Google Classroom, Chrome, YouTube, Docs and more. They’re not ideal for older students, who may need a more powerful machine for creating digital art or editing video, but a Chromebook will handle most school basics and online tasks without busting the family budget.
14-inch HP Chromebook
This particular 14-inch HD Chromebook from HP, currently $50 off during Walmart’s back-to-school sale, features 64GB of SSD storage, 4GB of RAM, an HD webcam and a quad-core Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor. Its battery, meanwhile, lasts a full 13 hours and 30 minutes — more than enough for even the toughest school day.
Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3 convertible