We choose a laptop for a child. 7 things to watch out for

Choosing a laptop for learning and playing is not an easy task. There’s no shortage of cheap and inefficient models on the market with poor quality components that often can’t handle basic apps, let alone games. Therefore, before deciding to buy a computer for a child, it is worth paying attention to a few features that should characterize a versatile and efficient laptop. After all, I’m looking for equipment that will serve our children for years to come, not equipment that will become obsolete scrap metal after six months.

1) More “bricks”. The laptop must be light, thin and mobile

When choosing a laptop for a child, it is worth paying attention not only to the components, but also to the design of the device. Gone are the days when laptops were heavy gray boxes. Today, for a decent price, we can buy a stylish and modern computer. Mobility is also important. It may happen that our child wants to bring the laptop to school, for example to show a multimedia presentation prepared during the lesson. So let’s look for a laptop that can easily slip into a backpack or small bag.

All these characteristics are fulfilled, among others, by MSI series laptops Summit. 13.4 inch model Summit E13 Flip Evo vases 1.35kgand the thickness of its housing is only 14.9mm. The laptop is characterized by a very elegant design with golden ornaments. So it definitely stands out from the crowd. The device also has a special hinge that allows us to tilt the touch screen 360 degrees, turning the laptop into a practical tablet.

2) A display that will allow us to see every detail

A high-quality screen is an absolute must for any laptop, and even more so for a device on which our child will spend many hours. If you’re looking for a compact laptop for learning and playing, it’s worth picking up a 13-inch or 14-inch z model. display classroom IPS and resolution Full HD (1920×1080). Why IPS? Screens with such a matrix are characterized by excellent viewing angles and excellent color reproduction. And when it comes to colors, it is also worth checking whether the selected device delivers 100%. color space coverage sRGB or (in the case of more expensive models) DCI-P3. All these features are met by both the model Summit E13 Flip Evoand a larger 14-inch screen MSI Prestige 14 Evo.

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3) Gaming laptop? Bet on a 144 Hz screen

When is it worth choosing a laptop with a large screen with a diagonal of 15, 16 or even 17 inches? First, when the device will act as a desktop computer or if it should be a gaming computer.

In the case of a gaming laptop, the key aspect is also refresh rate filter. The higher this ratio, the smoother the projected image becomes. Most models on the market have a standard refresh rate of 60Hz, but if you’re looking for a gaming device, choose screen refresh 144Hz. Such a display is available, among other laptops MSI GF63 Thin 10UX (15.6″) and Katana GF76 (17.3″). Both devices are also characterized by an extraordinary gaming design.

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4) Fast processor, lots of RAM and SSD are the basis

A powerful AD 2022 laptop should have a fast processor 11th Gen Intel i5 or i7 or more. Of course, on the market you will find cheaper alternatives with Intel Atom or AMD Athlon processors. The problem is that these devices do not support basic tools well, such as for video calls. It should be remembered that the processor is the heart of every computer, so it is simply not worth saving on this particular component. Models include highly efficient Intel i5 and i7 systems MSI 14 Prestige Evo, MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo or the MSI Katana GF76 gaming laptop.

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Another aspect to pay attention to is RAM. There is a rule here: the more, the better. 8 GB of RAM seems to be the absolute minimum today, but if we want the laptop to serve our child for many years, it is worth choosing models with 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory.

Regarding the disc, the question here is quite simple. We are looking for a model with memory NVMe-SSD. Unfortunately, laptops with outdated hard drives are still available for sale. However, if we want to work effectively, we must stay away from them. Likewise, eMMC drives, which some vendors mistakenly refer to as SSD storage. Let’s not be fooled. Only the NVMe SSD will guarantee us fast, smooth and efficient operation of the device. As for the capacity of such a drive, 512 GB seems to be the minimum option today.

A general-purpose laptop is also a laptop with a large number of available connectors and ports. There may be times when you want to connect the device to an external monitor or larger projector (for example, at school during a presentation). In addition to standard connectors USB-A if hdmimodern laptops also have a port USB Type-C with technology Thunderbolt 4, which allows data transfer at a speed of 40 Gbit/s and the connection of various types of peripherals. Thunderbolt 4 technology is found, among other things, in laptops MSI Summit E13 and E16as well as in the series models Prestige 14 Evo.

5) Graphics card: “Integra” or dedicated chip?

If the laptop should be used by our child primarily for learning, but also for watching movies, series, browsing the Internet or basic work with graphics applications, then the built-in system is enough for us. The advantages of such a solution are usually a lower price of the device, more compact dimensions, as well as greater energy efficiency.

Currently, perhaps the most popular embedded system appearing in laptops is Intel Iris Xe graphics card. Such a graphics processor can be found, among others, in ultralight models MSI series Prestige 14 Evo, which also offer up to 12 hours of work on a single battery charge. In turn, the largest 16-inch model of the Summit E16 Flip series is available with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 card. In this case, we can count on 11 hours of work on a single charge, which – taking into account the diagonal of the screen – is a phenomenal result.

However, if we are looking for a gaming laptop, we will not do without a dedicated system. It is true that even mentioned Iris Xe can cope with older and less demanding games. However, if we want smooth gameplay in high definition and 30 and even 60 frames per secondit is without cards NVIDIA GeForce Graphics we just won’t make it.

The aforementioned game model MSI GF63 Thin 10UX has a quick layout GeForce RTX 3050Ti (4GB GDDR6)which can easily handle titles such as fortnite, League of Legends if Valorant.

If we want even higher performance, they are offered by the Katana G76 model, which has been equipped with the system GeForce RTX 3060 with 6 GB Memory GDDR6. Above all, this laptop has the technology Cooler Increase 5. This is a specially designed cooling system (6 heat pipes) that dissipates heat from the CPU and graphics system.

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6) A keyboard that lengthens the fingers

Whatever the intended applications, a laptop for our child must have a well-contoured keyboard. Before buying, it is worth checking whether the keys have the correct pitch and hardness. It’s worth visiting an electronics store and seeing for yourself if it’s more convenient to type on a given keyboard – even if we ultimately decide to buy a laptop online. Writing a longer essay on a “flat” keyboard without “thinking” can be a pain.

The aforementioned model MSI Prestige 14 Evo is equipped with a special hinge that automatically lifts and tilts the laptop keyboard 6 degrees to achieve the best angle for comfortable typing.

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7) Want more? Look for the “Intel Evo” sticker

The sticker with the word “Intel Evo” on the laptop case is a kind of quality guarantee. This certificate is granted only the most powerful devices based on Intel’s 11th generation systems.

To be included in this group, a laptop must meet a number of conditions. They include, among other things, long battery life (more than 9 hours in FullHD resolution), support for Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5 and Thunderbolt 4 standards, fast SSD disk with a capacity of at least 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM or more. The Intel Evo certificate can boast, among other mockups MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo.

It should be added that this laptop and other models of the series Flip Evo Summit and gaming laptops GF63 and Katana G76 are currently available in a special promotion that will only last until May 8In this framework, we can save up to 600 PLN on the purchase of a selected model.

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