Three Things to Know About Mini Laptops

If you’re looking for a computer for your kids or a model compact enough to take anywhere, mini laptops are the way to go.

Girl works on mini laptop at table.
A mini laptop is perfect for students or professionals on the go.Annie Spratt, Unsplash

Are you looking for a laptop for your child to complete their online homework, or in need of a computer that won’t weigh down your bag during a work trip? Mini laptops are a practical solution. Here’s what to keep in mind when shopping for one.

ASUS Chromebook-Laptop- 11.6" Ruggedized and Spill Resistant Design-with 180 Degree-Hinge, Intel N3060 Celeron 4GB DDR3, 32GB eMMC, Chrome OS- C202SA-YS04 Dark Blue
This model also comes with a free year of 100GB Cloud storage.ASUS

A mini laptop can get knocked around a lot, especially if you use it for travel or your child brings it to school. Rubber edges offer protection in case of accidental drops, and a spill-proof keyboard offers extra reassurance.

Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6 inches Full HD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, Vega 3 Graphics, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 in S Mode, A515-43-R19L,Silver
This model weighs only 4 pounds.Acer

Mini laptops often have smaller storage capabilities than full-size models. That means they’re ideal for basic tasks, like using the Internet, creating Word documents and streaming music and TV shows. If you want your mini laptop to store more, look into an external hard drive, where you can back up thousands more files.

2020 HP 14 inch HD Laptop Newest for Business and Student, AMD Athlon Silver 3050U (Beat i5-7200U), 4GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, Windows 10 w/HESVAP 3in1 Accessories
Stays charged for up to 10 hours.HP

A charger is just one more item to weigh down your bag, so look for a mini laptop with a battery life designed to last through the work or school day. Most remain charged for 8 to 10 hours, which is great for back-to-back classes or meetings.

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