Best overall

ASUS VivoBook E203

ASUS makes great laptops at all price points, and the VivoBook E203 is a great option for kids and those shopping on a budget.

It's got a Celeron processor from Intel, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The display resolution isn't the highest, but you'll be getting up to 10 hours battery life, and the latest version comes with Windows 10 S for around $215.

Bottom line: It's well made, extremely well priced and perfect to throw in a school bag.

One more thing: Up to 10 hours battery life means a full school day of use and more.

Why the ASUS VivoBook E203 is the best

A great entry-level laptop now with Windows 10 S.

This 11.6-inch notebook from ASUS brings some of the style of the company's more expensive models at a really affordable price. It's not all good looks, though, as underneath you'll find a quad-core Intel Celeron processor, up to 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

Despite the size, there's still a full-size keyboard, a microSD slot, HDMI out, USB-C and full-size USB ports. The display is on par with competitors at 1366 x 768, and while not the highest resolution it still looks nice and at this size the pixel density is fine. And with up to 10 hours battery life, you'll be able to head out for the day and leave the charger at home.

The latest version of the E203 also now comes with a lower price at around $200 and Windows 10 S, which is a perfect fit for both the younger student and a good entry-level laptop like this.

Runner-up

Dell Inspiron 11 3000

The Inspiron 11 3000 is a great little laptop with fun looks for the younger crowd thanks to its loud exterior color scheme. The latest version has 4GB of DDR4 RAM, 32GB of storage, 7th generation AMD processors and an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution display.

You get great battery life, a decent display and a tough build quality that can take the kind of abuse that kids deal out while easily fitting inside a school bag. Prices start at an attractive $180.

Bottom line: A fun looking laptop with plenty to offer a grade school age student.

One more thing: There's also a 2-in-1 with a touch display if you're willing to spend a little more.

Best 2-in-1

Microsoft Surface Go

Starting at $399, the latest Surface from Microsoft shrinks the package down to a school-bag friendly 10-inches, but it still offers everything you expect from a Surface and is now powered by an Intel Pentium processor.

The optional keyboard and pen turn it into a full Windows laptop and digital notebook, and if you're OK with a higher price you can increase the base 64GB storage and 4GB RAM to 128GB and 8GB respectively.

Bottom line: This is truly great 2-in-1 that's perfect for school-age children.

One more thing: The 128GB model, while more expensive, adds 8GB of RAM and a proper SSD to the mix.

Best convertible

HP ProBook X360

HP's super-affordable ProBook x360 is a great convertible, with its 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 resolution touch display. The rest of the hardware is on par with other laptops in this price range, but it's hard to deny the appeal of a touchscreen that folds around.

You'll get an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. Not only that but there's a trio of full-size USB ports, an SD card slot and an HDMI output, which makes this cheap convertible notebook great for getting things done.

At around $320, too, it's also one of the cheapest laptops you'll find with Windows 10 Pro out of the box.

Bottom line: A budget-friendly yet capable convertible perfect to toss in a school bag.

One more thing: One of the most affordable laptops around with Windows 10 Pro.

Conclusion

All of these are great laptops, but the ASUS VivoBook E203 is a great laptop at an unbelievable price. It's got everything a grade school student could need, looks great, is sturdy and will last all day between charges. But if you want something a little different, including for inking, there are some really terrific, student-friendly devices to pick up.

Best overall

ASUS VivoBook E203

ASUS makes great laptops at all price points and the VivoBook E203 is a great option for kids and those shopping on a budget.

It's got a Celeron processor from Intel, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The display resolution isn't the highest, but you'll be getting up to 10 hours battery life and the latest version comes with Windows 10 S for around $200.

Bottom line: It's well made, extremely well priced and perfect to throw in a school bag.

One more thing: Up to 10 hours battery life means a full school day of use and more.


Updated August 13, 2018: The Surface Go makes its debut as our top 2-in-1 pick for grade school students.