Samsung recommends Windows® 8.
Above all else, a student laptop has to feature excellent wireless connectivity options. Students take their computers everywhere, and if there’s a Wi-Fi signal, they’ll be using it for everything from online assignments to sending emails home. Make sure your student’s laptop has the latest wireless features—such as the universal-standard 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN system on the Samsung Series 9—and the Web will always be just a keystroke away.
Ever peeked inside your child’s backpack? There’s not a lot of room in there. A student’s computer has to be portable enough to go everywhere without adding a lot of weight to their already loaded packs. Samsung’s Series 9 laptop is full-featured, but weighs less than three pounds.
Web browsing and email are a good start, but as children advance through the grades they’ll be running applications that demand more from their PCs. More advanced software—whether for a computer programming class, math and science courses, or even digital art and photography assignments—needs powerful hardware to ensure it runs efficiently and doesn’t crash. The Intel® Core™ i5 processor available on the Samsung Series 9 is a great choice for a student laptop, providing high-end performance. Be sure to equip that laptop with plenty of RAM: Some Samsung Series 9 models support up to 8GB of high-speed memory.
Today’s kids keep everything in digital form on their PCs, from snapshots to music libraries and movies. All this content takes up lots of space and as coursework and personal data accumulate over the years, they’ll need a place to put it. Don’t saddle your student with a tiny hard drive that quickly gets full, forcing them to rely on a collection of external backup drives to store files. A large internal hard drive gives them plenty of room for assignments today and tomorrow.
Today’s online content is increasingly video-based, and academic instruction is being delivered via streaming video. It’s not unusual for a school to require students to create their own videos as part of a project, and any work involving video requires a solid graphics processor that provides exceptional, lag-free graphics performance when watching or creating video—or even playing the occasional computer game.
There’s never an electrical outlet when you need it, and that’s never been more true than in classrooms where dozens of students may find themselves battling over a handful of sockets. A laptop that provides enough battery life to get a busy student through a full day of classwork without a recharge is a necessity. Samsung laptops feature an advanced battery management option and PowerPlus technology that help the battery retain its capacity for up to 1,000 charges—about three years of daily use.
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