Anyone with kids knows that back to school can be a stressful time. Not just for the kids getting ready for another year of education, but for the family financially. There are new uniforms to buy, school stationery, school fees and a relatively recent addition to the list in new tech.
A significant number of schools now require that students have an iPad, Chromebook or some form of a laptop. This depends on their setup of course, but it’s another financial whack.
Officeworks, Lenovo, and Afterpay have combined to present an option that will meet these needs. It’s not a powerhouse of a laptop, but it will do what it needs to for web surfing, word processing, and general education use – The Lenovo Ideapad S130.
At $377.00 it’s not going to break the bank, has a 1 year Office 365 Licence – worth $100 on its own – and has a reasonable specification list.
- 14″ 768p Screen
- 64GB of storage
- 4GB of RAM
- Windows 10S
- Intel Celeron N4000 Processor and integrated graphics
- Connectivity including: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB-C, USB 3.0 and HDMI
Coupled with Afterpay you can grab what your kids need now and spread the payment over a period of time so the family budget isn’t impacted heavily. Afterpay offers fortnightly interest-free repayments on purchases of up to $1000 with no account keeping or setup fees.
If you’re getting ready for the return to school next week, it may well be worth checking out your local Officeworks.
A miserly 64Gb of on board storage is cripplingly tiny, especially as the OS has to be squeezed into that as well. 128gb should be the absolute minimum.
As for Windows 10S, while I dislike the idea of such a crippled and locked down version of Windows, from having dealt with Windows 7 Starter on my old Toshiba netbook, I can also see the sense in such a locked down OS for a laptop being bought for school use.