BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING IS THE SECOND BIGGEST SPENDING
SPREE OF THE YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL RETAIL
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AND THESE DAYS, STUDENTS NEED A LOT MORE THAN PENCILS
IF A NEW COMPUTER IS ON YOUR MUST-HAVE LIST, MICHELLE
LI HAS SUGGESTIONS FROM CONSUMER REPORTS FOR KIDS
OF ALL AGES.
Come September, even the youngest students can expect
some keyboard time in the classroom! Chromebooks in
lab Consumer Reports says a good
choice for first through fifth graders is a low-cost
Chromebooks are lightweight
laptops that run Google's Chrome
kids, parents can set up supervised
user accounts that restrict content
One Chromebook to look for - the Acer C720-2848.
It costs just 200 dollars, and Consumer Reports says
it lasts more than 10 hours on
serious homework demands a serious computer.
For high school and middle school students, Consumer
Reports says the 600
dollar Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch is a good choice.
It's a lot of laptop for the money.
It's got a powerful processor, a
decent-sized hard drive, and it was
a very good performer in our lab
Another plus - at about four pounds, it won't weigh
down a backpack.
College-bound students have loads of gear! But for
taking notes, is
a laptop or a tablet a better choice? Consumer
Reports says Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 offers the
best of both.
It costs 1,000 dollars, plus 130 more for the
It's technically a tablet, but it's
got a full Windows operating
It allows you to switch
back and forth between a
touchscreen-friendly mode, and
one that's more like a conventional
Pen on screen
And for creative thinkers, the Surface Pro 3 comes
with a pen that lets you write directly on the screen.
FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS MAJORING IN VISUAL ARTS, CONSUMER
REPORTS HAS ANOTHER RECOMMENDATION - A 13-INCH MACBOOK
PRO WITH RETINA DISPLAY.
AT 13-HUNDRED DOLLARS IT'S PRICEY, BUT IT HAS A STUNNING
DISPLAY AND A LONG-LASTING BATTERY AND APPLE IS NOW
OFFERING A DISCOUNT FOR STUDENTS.