3 Great Laptops for Back-to-School – Money Magazine

Price: $160
Best for: Middle schoolers

Unless your child’s school requires a Macintosh or a Windows PC, opt for a Chromebook instead. Powered by Google’s Chrome operating system, it boots quickly, offers standard functions (word processing, web browsing, and email), and steers clear of virus infections and hard-drive disasters (since it relies primarily on cloud storage). The 2.6-pound Ideapad 100s runs for up to eight hours on a charge. At $160, it might even cost less than the sneakers your kid is eyeing.

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