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Top 4 Laptops for Homeschoolers – This is a guest blog post from Alpha Omega Publications

Whether it’s time for an update or you’re making the move to computer-based curriculum for the first time, purchasing a computer as a gift is a great way to make your homeschooler’s day with an exciting new gadget that they’ll use for education, too.

Laptops work especially well with Monarch online curriculum from Alpha Omega Publications. With budget-friendly plans that give your child or family unprecedented access to 50 courses, Monarch lets you customize learning across grade levels. Monthly payments make it easy to stick to your homeschooling budget, while yearly plans maximize savings!

Though any computer at the store should work well with Monarch, check out four recommendations from AOP’s technical support team to help you choose a computer that meets your needs and budget, and works well with our revolutionary curriculum.

ASUS Chromebook C200 – $179

A budget-friendly option, the ASUS Chromebook C200 starts up fast and is great for surfing the web. Unfortunately, you can’t install addition software, but its lengthy battery life and lightweight design make it a great option for on-the-go homeschoolers.

Pros:

Inexpensive

Quick startup

User friendly

11-hour battery life

Weighs less than 3 pounds

Cons:

Web only

Slower performance

Limited options for remote assistance

HP Pavilion x360 – $379.99

This mid-priced, compact computer converts easily from notebook to stand to tent to tablet mode. With a touch screen functional in all modes, parents can easily navigate the screen while assisting children with schoolwork.

Pros:

Portable

Includes touch screen and keyboard

Functions as a computer and a tablet

Cons:

Lower-end processor

Surface Pro 3 – $799

Similar to the Pavilion in that it doubles as a tablet, the Surface Pro 3 runs the full version of Windows 8, allowing users to install outside software. The lightweight laptop comes with a Surface Pen that allows for a natural, on-screen writing and drawing experience.

Pros:

Runs the full version of Windows 8

Functions as a computer and a tablet

Core i3 processor

Cons:

Mid-range battery life

Lacks a CD-ROM drive

Keyboard and cover accessory sold separately

MacBook Pro – Starts at $1299

The thinnest, lightest, and highest-performing MacBook models to-date, these high-end notebooks come with an appealing, easy-to-use operating system. Though windows offers more software options, MacBooks provide everything you’ll need to use Monarch online curriculum with ease.

Pros:

User friendly

Strong yet compact build

Minimal maintenance required

Core i5 processor

Cons:

Fewer software options

Some MacBooks cannot be expanded

 

Alpha Omega Publications is a leading provider of PreK-12 Christian curriculum, educational resources, and services to homeschool families worldwide. AOP follows its mission every day by creating and providing quality Christian educational materials to thousands of students through curriculum, educational books and games, support services, family entertainment, and an accredited online academy. To learn more, visit www.aophomeschooling.com or call 800-622-3070.

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