How and where to find good tablets & laptops.
Tablets are great for browsing the internet, watching videos and playing games, using apps, making video calls and reading. They are portable and generally have good battery life.
Because they mirror a smartphone interface and have similar control functions - many people without strong digital skills find them easier to use than laptops.
They aren’t as useful for doing ‘productive’ work on - but you could add a detachable keyboard to make writing easier.
Tablets range in price but good budget options are available from between £65 and £150 from online retailers.
Easy to use
Light and compact
Not the fastest
Easy to use
Very bad sound
Slow to charge
Loads apps quickly
Drab screen lacks clarity
Sounds dull and harsh
Responsive touch controls
Lacks support for Google services
Mediocre battery life
Great battery life
Small and light
Screen could be better
Outstanding full-charge battery life
Simple to use
Terrible battery use after short charge
Cameras aren’t great
Processor isn’t very fast
External speaker is horrible
Display isn’t bad
Nicely laid-out menu
Usability issues due to lack of Google
Poor cameras and speakers
Average battery life
Weaker battery life from a short charge
Average to poor camera quality
Incredibly long-lasting battery
Fast and responsive security features
Easy to use
Front camera isn’t great
Poor quality manual
You can buy relatively cheap laptops for between £200 - £400.
Like with most technologies, you get what you pay for.
Sometimes, the factors that might affect your decision about which laptop to purchase can be confusing.
Screen Share exists to support, inform and advocate for digital inclusion for young refugees. They do this primarily by repurposing used laptops and gifting them to young refugees in the UK.
It's recommended to get a well-established brand for the sake of online support and help they offer.
Examples of these brands include: HP, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Asus, Toshiba, Sony, Apple.
Price and quality can vary significantly between each of these brands. There are a lot of models that exist, so use a comparison tool or review site to make sure you find the most suitable one.
These types of laptops use Google's operating system, which isn't Windows. Chromebooks tend to be cheaper, aimed towards students and kids. They do not come loaded with software, which means they can be relatively quick for basic tasks.
These laptops are small, lightweight and come free of the software that is automatically installed on most traditional laptops. They are also relatively inexpensive and can offer a cost-effective solution if you need a portable laptop.
ThinkPad is a line of business-oriented laptop computers and tablets designed, developed, marketed, and sold by Lenovo. They are more robust and reliable, typically used by working professionals.
The technical specification of laptops can be confusing, and it can be hard to know where to start. Some guidelines to follow when purchasing laptops for clients are the following:
This is known as the 'working memory'. The more applications installed on your computer, the more of the 'RAM' is used, and the slower the computer becomes. This is one of the primary reasons that computers with a large RAM are typically faster. Most laptops have RAM that can be upgraded at a later date.
The amount of RAM you might need is roughly 4GB. Laptops will usually have an empty slot for upgrades, but purchasing additional RAM is not cheap.
Like RAM, this is one of the primary factors that can affect the speed of your laptop, and what you can do on it. Unlike RAM, this cannot be upgraded at a later date. Establishing the 'best' processor is complicated, so here are some things to look for:
This is sometimes known as the 'hard drive'. There are a few distinctions to make when looking at storage in laptops: