10 Best Kids' Laptops For All Budgets

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As your children grow up and start to become more independent, you may find that the time has come to get them their own laptop.

The question of whether your child is ready for a laptop is much the same as with the smartphone debate: Are they old enough? Can they handle responsible browsing of the web?

Once you've made up you're mind, it's time to start shopping. Whether they need it for school work or online learning, gaming, streaming, or video-calling friends - deciding on the best laptops for kids can be a real struggle. Depending on their age and needs, you'll want to select one that's sturdy enough that it can handle a few bumps or being shoved into a backpack - but also has a decent running speed, battery life, storage space, and so on. Each kind of laptop out there has its own benefits and its own operating system, such as Chrome OS, Mac OS, Windows 10, and more. They each have their own advantages and price points and may be best suited to different needs.

With that in mind, we've rounded up 10 of the best laptops for kids for all purposes - whether you're after the most affordable, the one with the longest battery life, and everything in between. Let us take you through everything below - and while you're at it, why not check out our 8 best printers that might go along well, or the top 10 best Vtech toys instead.

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Kidadl's Top Pick

We think each and every laptop on our best laptops list would make an excellent choice for your child, but if you're short on time - our top pick would be the Acer Spin Chromebook as a great all-rounder for a very decent price.

1. Acer Spin 311 2-in-1 Chromebook - Argos

Acer Spin 311 2-in-1 Chromebook - Argos

Ideal for both work and play, this 11.6-inch Acer Chromebook looks super stylish and is great for all ages. It's small and weighs just 1.5kg which means that it's easily portable, while the battery life will last you up to 10 hours whether you're working, streaming, or playing - so feel free to leave the charger at home. Using the Google Chrome OS operating system, the laptop runs well and has a high-quality touch screen, a built-in HD webcam, microphone, and audio system. The Acer Chromebook has also been tested to military standards and has an impact-resistant body, can survive short drops, and small amounts of liquid spilt on its keyboard - which is great for kids and tweens who aren't always the most careful. It even features a 170-degree viewing angle, BlueTooth connectivity, two USB ports, and a micro SD card reader - what more could you ask for in a first laptop?

Main Features

  • Price: £279.99
  • Display Size: 11 6-inch
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB

Best Small Laptop For Kids

2. Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

This 2-in-1 Chromebook is a great choice if you can't decide between a laptop or a tablet for your child, and is sleek, stylish, and lightweight. It can be used for both school work and leisure, and can be switched from laptop-mode to tablet with ease by simply detaching the keyboard with a click. The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet uses the Chrome OS operating system that boots up in as quick as just 8 seconds and is immediately ready to use. It also automatically updates and has features to help secure it from any viruses, so is always up to date and protected. The laptop includes Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, and has the Google Play Store handy for any apps or games you'd like to download. It also has a decent battery life of up to 10 hours and is easily portable.

Main Features

  • Price: £299.99
  • Display Size: 10.1-inch
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB

Best High-End Kids' Laptop

3. 2020 Apple MacBook Air - Argos

2020 Apple MacBook Air - Argos

If you're an Apple-loving family or have a child that's got their eye on the latest MacBook Air - it's a laptop that you really can't go wrong with and is well worth the rather expensive price tag. Stylish, thin, light, and powerful - it's a fantastic fast-running machine with lots of great features. These include a long-lasting 11-hour battery life, an HD retina display with a resolution of 2560x1600, a new magic keyboard with backlit keys, touch ID, super-fast performance thanks to the latest intel core i3 dual processors, and more. The Macbook Air is also made with recycled aluminium, has an HD built-in camera, microphone, video-editing and note taking software among others, 2 USB ports, BlueTooth, AirDrop, and more. It's a great size for taking around with you, and definitely one that will impress.

Main Features

  • Price: £999
  • Display Size: 13.3-inch
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB

Best Kids' Laptop For Tweens

4. Google Pixelbook Go Chromebook - Argos

Google Pixelbook Go Chromebook - Argos

The Google Pixelbook Go is a fantastic premium Chromebook that's great for tweens and older kids, as it probably has more than any younger child could possibly need. As it says in the name, it's great for on the go use and can be taken with you easily to school, back home, or to your friends' houses. It weighs barely two pounds, is just 12mm thin, and also has a long-lasting 12-hour battery. With a high-resolution built-in duo camera (and microphone) and 1080p for video or Zoom calls, along with dual front-firing speakers - you'll be able to video call and listen to music in the highest quality. It also features a dual-core processor, operates on Chrome OS, has an HD display, a convenient touchscreen, BlueTooth connectivity, 2 USB ports - and more. Perfect for working, browsing, and anything else you could want to use it for!

Main Features

  • Price: £629
  • Display Size: 13-inch
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 64GB

Best Kids' Laptop For Families On A Budget

5. HP Stream Cloudbook - Argos

HP Stream Cloudbook - Argos

Available in either blue or pink, the HP Stream Cloudbook is the perfect basic cheap laptop for children and tweens to fulfil their needs when a smartphone or tablet just can't do enough. Whether it's used to study, stream, or chat - it has a long-lasting battery life of up to 13 hours and 15 minutes without a single charge and can be taken between home and school with ease as it weighs just over 1kg. The Cloudbook operates on Microsoft Windows 10 S - which is ideal since kids are most likely familiar with the system from use at school,  and has the Intel Celeron processor so is fast-running all day and has enough storage for basic usage. It looks stylish enough that they can carry it around proudly, features dual-front speakers, an HP webcam, a built-in mic, an HD display, an SD card reader slot, 3 USB ports, an HDMI port, and even a fantastic 1-year free subscription to Office 365 and McAfee Livesafe. If you're looking for cheap laptops for kids that do everything you could possibly need, this is the one for you!

Main Features

  • Price: £199.99
  • Display Size: 11.6-inch
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB

Best Kids' Laptop For A Large Screen

6. ASUS Chromebook

ASUS Chromebook

Available in silver, grey, or red - this ASUS Chromebook is great for those on a budget and does everything that a child could possibly need it to. Its large 15.6-inch screen features a nano edge design to make the most of the space, and a matte anti-glare coating to reduce any reflection. It operates with Chrome OS and is powered by an Intel Celeron processor, has an impressive 10-hour battery life, a built-in camera and dual high-quality speakers - and is both sturdy and lightweight. Speedy and safe to use, it already has many of the top Google apps built-in for your convenience and more can be downloaded at your will. It's great for on the go, and even has a 180-degree hinge to lay the screen completely flat if you'd like to show people your work.

Main Features

  • Price: £279.99
  • Display Size: 15.6-inch
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB

Best Kids' Laptop For Innovative Design

7. HP ENVY x360 Laptop - AO

HP ENVY x360 Laptop - AO

This black HP Envy Laptop will have your child the 'envy' of all their friends. Though it's a pricier laptop for kids on this list, it has plenty of great features that are sure to be used for a long time. It features a great quality HD touch screen that can be navigated with a finger, and an innovative 360-degree hinge that allows you to open the screen at any angle - whether that be completely flipped back to use as a tablet, or into a triangle shape to stand up alone and watch a movie on the screen. It's fast-charging, has up to 11 hours of battery, is lightweight, very fast loading, and powerful with plenty of storage space thanks to the AMD Ryzen 5 processor. It's easy to set up alone, or you're entitled to the free setting up process offered by AO. The laptop also has its own fingerprint reader, and a special camera shutter that will close when it's not in use - so you can rest assured that your privacy is secure at all times!

Main Features

  • Price: £799
  • Display Size: 13.3-inch
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB

Best Laptop For Kids For Learning

8. Dell Chromebook 3100 2-in-1 Education

Dell Chromebook 3100 2-in-1 Education

This 2-in-1 Dell Chromebook is the best laptop for children focused on education, has an impressive 13 hours of battery life, and is durable for at school and home usage - empowering students to learn and collaborate. It runs on the Intel Celeron dual-core and the Google Chrome OS operating system - booting up in less than 10 seconds and ready to use instantly.  With a built-in camera (on both sides) and microphone, 2 USB ports, 1 SD card port - it has all the learning essentials and can be used in four different modes; flat, tent, tablet, or full laptop, perfect for any situation and for interactive learning. It's also both spill and drop resistant so can handle any bumps it may face - great for primary school-aged children and over.

Main Features

  • Price: £411.86
  • Display Size: 11.6-inch
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB

Best Laptop For Kids On The Go

9. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

Super thin and ready to use from the get-go, this sleek and stylish Microsoft Surface laptop is available in a choice of either sandstone, platinum, or ice blue colour - and is a real visual competitor to the Macbook Air. It operates with Windows 10 S and uses the 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor that's perfect for running multiple apps or anything you could need it for - and is also light enough to carry around with you at just 1.11kg. The Pixelsense touchscreen display is HD and also features a built-in 720p HD camera, and a microphone - and fantastic speakers. The laptop also has extra security in place with a fingerprint power button and uses a full-size keyboard and trackpad. It has a battery life of up to 13 hours and can charge to 80% in just one hour. Sturdy and great value for money, if it's casual gaming laptops for kids that can also be used for schoolwork and leisure that you're looking for - this is the best choice.

Main Features

  • Price: £699
  • Display Size: 12.4-inch
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB

Best Kids' Laptop For Young Children

10. VTech Challenger Laptop - Argos

VTech Challenger Laptop - Argos

We couldn't leave this VTech laptop out from our list, a fantastic kids' toy laptop that's advanced enough for children 4 years and older to enjoy and get to grips with learning - whilst not feeling left out when their older siblings are using their own laptops. The toy laptop is filled with 40 educational curriculum-based activities such as maths, English, music, and French - presented in a fun way. The laptop does not connect to Wi-Fi so there are no worries about the internet, whilst the QWERTY keyboard and real mouse are great for getting young children used to typing and using. The children's laptop also enables a 2 player mode for multiple kids to use, and is a great toy and a great tool for a very decent price.

Main Features

  • Price: £30
  • Size: H28.3 x W35.7 x D9.1cm
  • 40 activities

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for children's laptops then why not take a look at our best kids' backpacks, or for something different take a look at our best kids' stationery.

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