We understand that, even though we are, ברוך השם, back in school full-time, some families may choose (or be forced by circumstance) to keep students at home for a period of time. We have compiled a list of devices we can recommend for families who want to purchase devices for student use and will update this page as new information becomes available.
Student Device Recommendations
There are an awful lot of people trying to buy laptop computers these days. First there was the original work-from-home rush, then the supply issues as the supply chain struggled with a reduced workforce. Then came tariffs and trade-wars and a second wave of outbreaks and many families now find themselves looking for affordable tech for students in a marketplace filled with backorders and shipping delays.
I’m writing this article to try to share some recommendations for appropriate devices you can purchase today; every item I am linking to is available for sale as I write these words. That will, of course, change over time, but I will do my best to keep the list current.
What do I need?
The most demanding thing your child will need his or her computer to do is Zoom, so I am only going to recommend devices that meet or exceed Zoom’s published hardware requirements. Basically, you’re looking for a device that can run Zoom, browse the web and run the apps in the Google Suite. This means you’re looking for one of the following:
- A Mac laptop
- A Windows laptop
- A Chromebook
- An iPad or Android tablet
- A desktop computer (like an iMac) is also a possibility, but many desktops come without webcams and that complicates things. For this reason, my recommendations will not include desktops.
I will recommend at least two items in each category, one more budget-conscious and one with more features or capabilities.