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Best Netbooks for Kids

Best Netbooks for Kids

Netbooks are affordable and offer reasonable performance, which makes them ideal for kids. In this Techspirited article, we give you the features of some netbooks that are considered to be the best for children.
Pragya T
Netbooks can be termed as ultra-portable laptop computers, as they are lighter and smaller in size than regular laptops. However, in spite of their size, they have almost the same features as that of a laptop, but at a very affordable price point, which makes them a very attractive proposition. Their main drawbacks remain that they are a little underpowered as compared to normal laptops, and also the fact that they don't come with an optical drive. However, with enough USB ports available, you don't have to worry about data transfer. However, when it comes to buying a netbook for a child, there are a few things that one must consider.

First and foremost comes Internet security. Make sure that the operating system has parental controls, so that you can monitor and limit the websites which the child can access. Durability is also an important factor to consider. The netbook must be able to withstand anything from serious play to temper tantrums; hence, make sure it is tough, and can sustain such rugged use. Some netbooks have a 7- to 8-inch screen, while some even have 12-inch screens. Smaller screens improve the portability factor, whereas, larger screens enhance the multimedia experience. Last comes the price. Some of the best-selling netbooks in the market are available for around USD 300, and have all the basic configuration required for day-to-day use.

Acer C720 Chromebook
The Acer C720 chromebook is an affordable and lightweight device, which is ideal to be used by kids. At 0.75 inches thick, and weighing 2.76 lbs, it is ultra-portable and easy to carry around. It's made from durable plastic, and the overall build quality is pretty good. The hinges are solid and should suffice the rugged use expected from children. It houses a 11.6-inch screen. It is available at a price of USD 199.99, which makes it pretty affordable, even by netbook standards.

Technical Specifications
  • Intel Celeron Processor 2955U
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 2 GB DDR3 Low Voltage RAM
  • 16 GB Solid State Drive
  • Google Chrome OS
  • Crystal Eye HD Webcam

HP Pavilion dm1z
The HP Pavilion dm1z has a 11.6-inch display, with a large bezel, which improves the overall multimedia experience offered by it. It is made entirely from plastic, but the look and feel is exceptional. The curvy design makes sure that there are no rough edges, which could be a problem when being used by children. It is a pretty robust machine, and should last for long without any problems. The connectivity options are plenty, with USB ports, VGA card reader, and independent headphone and microphone jacks. The base model is priced at USD 399.99, which makes it a little pricey, but the solid specifications make it completely worth it.

Technical Specifications
  • AMD Dual-Core Processor E300
  • AMD Radeon HD 6310M Graphics
  • 2 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 320 GB HDD
  • Microsoft Windows OS
  • Beats Audio for Superior Sound

Toshiba Satellite NB15t
This is one of the newer netbooks in the market. Its focal point is the 11.6-inch touchscreen. A touchscreen is essential for the ultimate Windows 8 experience. It weighs just 3.3 lbs., which makes it easy to carry around. It is made entirely of plastic, but the build quality is excellent. It features 3 USB ports, one SD card slot, one headphone jack, HDMI and VGA output, and an Ethernet port. It is available at a price of USD 379.99, which is again a bit on the higher side, but is well worth it.

Technical Specifications
  • Intel Celeron N2810 Processor
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB HDD
  • Microsoft Windows 8 OS
  • Touch Screen

HP Chromebook 11
This is a budget netbook from HP, that runs Google's Chrome OS. It has a sleek design, with rounded off edges and clean lines. The exterior is all white, and makes the device look premium. This can be a bad thing though, as children may spoil the spanking white color. You will be required to take extra care with regards to its cleanliness. Its sleek and portable design makes it the ideal device to carry along wherever you go. It is available for USD 259.99, which makes it a pretty affordable device.

Technical Specifications
  • Samsung Exynos 5 Processor
  • ARM Mali T604 Graphics
  • 2 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 16 GB Solid State Drive
  • Google Chrome OS
  • Free Google Drive Space
Make sure you check out the device and weigh its pros and cons, before buying it. Also, prices will vary at different locations, shopping websites, and as per offers available. So confirm the same before making a final decision.