Best Laptop for Grade School Students Windows Central 2019

A good laptop is almost essential these days for school and beyond to get work done efficiently. But the school is also not an environment for thousand dollar Ultrabooks, instead you need something compact, affordable and durable, but that still has great hardware and performance. For that, we'd be packing the excellent ASUS VivoBook E203

Our pick

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, up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, and a day-lasting battery of up to 10 hours.

Who should buy this laptop?

The E203 is just like a shrunken down version of one of ASUS' bigger, more expensive laptops, in style and in quality. If you're hunting for a durable laptop for your kids, with great battery life, solid performance, and an attractive price, this is the laptop for you.

It's small enough to go in a school bag, won't disintegrate when it inevitably gets dropped and won't let them down if they forget to pack the charger.

Is it a good time to buy this Laptop?

Definitely, as the price is currently very attractive and well under the $200 price point. Budget laptops like this do get updated fairly often, but its rare that there are any significant leaps in performance so you're getting a really great value package here.

Reasons to buy

  • Nice design
  • Good specs
  • Fantastic price
  • Excellent battery life

Reasons not to buy

  • Limited to Microsoft Store apps in S mode
  • Limited internal storage

Feature packed little laptop

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. The 4GB model is only about $20 more expensive, though, so it's definitely the one to get.

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 and Windows 10 S, which is a perfect fit for both the younger student and a good entry-level laptop like this, and provides access to Microsoft Office and a number of other useful apps for school.

Alternatives to the ASUS E203

If you're looking for something that suits a more specific need, there are also some great alternatives you should check out.


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. And best of all for the parents, a really attractive price.

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.

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. It's also one of the cheapest laptops you'll find with Windows 10 Pro out of the box.


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.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Richard Devine Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming.

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

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