According to the U.S. Census, 66 percent of elementary and high school students in the U.S. use a computer at home to complete homework assignments, and a Kaiser Family Foundation Study found young people ages 8 through 18 spend an average of an hour and a half a day on their computers.
Technology is a significant part of every student’s educational experience and a notebook PC is a must-have item on any back-to-school shopping list. There are so many options for a new PC that it’s difficult to select the right one for the job.
Understanding the right questions to ask yourself about how the laptop will be used can help you find a computer that will facilitate homework, while also acting as an entertainment hub for music, movies, games, surfing the Web and social networking. To demystify the process and help you get the most bang for your buck, consider these tips for choosing the right laptop:
- Size Matters: How often will the notebook be carried? What screen size is the best fit? A larger screen and keyboard is great for watching movies and homework, but a smaller system is more portable.
- Battery Life: Today is seems “my battery died” is the new “the dog ate my homework.” Make sure your student’s laptop will stay powered throughout the day—from the classroom to the library to the desk at home. Consider choosing a machine like the HP Pavilion dm1z, which is based on technology that enables up to 12 hours of resting battery life.
- Usage: Besides homework, what are the other activities the laptop will be used for? Students today are doing more than ever before with their computers, and often doing several different activities at the same time – from homework to playing games to creating and editing videos and chatting with friends. Laptops powered by VISION Technology from AMD are designed for multi-tasking and can keep up with your scholars needs.
- HD Graphics: Will the laptop be used to watch videos or play games? Considering that forty-eight hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute according to comScore’s U.S. Online Video Rankings chances are the answer is yes – which makes graphics quality important. Look for VISION Technology from AMD to know you’re choosing a laptop that provides a combination of performance and video power for brilliant and beautiful high-definition video.
- Comfort: If you have smaller children who will use the laptop, look for touchpads that will be easy for small hands to use, or consider getting an external notebook mouse. Also, pay attention to how hot the laptop is when shopping, as well as the noise level.
Want to get all your back-to-school questions answered? Join Bob Grim from Advanced Micro Devices, myself and the other AMD Tech Moms for a Twitter Happy Hour next week! We will be discussing ways to save money during back-to-school computer shopping and sharing tips to help you choose the right computer for your family’s needs and lifestyle.
- What: Back-to-School Twitter Happy Hour party with AMD & AMD Tech Moms!
- When: Wednesday, August 24 at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST
- Where: On Twitter using the hashtag #AMDSchool (Tweetgrid: http://is.gd/0FOFWi)
- RSVP: Leave a comment about how you’re getting your computers ready for back to school along with your Twitter handle. Then be present during the Twitter party on Wednesday for your chance to win! Good luck!
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