Student Laptops

So as of next year I'll have two kids in high school. The school cromebooks they have are driving them (and me) up the walls. School IT is essentially useless.
So... here I am curious to see if anyone had any good recommendations for laptops that are good for students?
My daughter has been getting a little more into coding and digital art as well.
But that isn't a primary feature I'm looking for right now since I have my desktop if she really needs to do that sort of work for the time being.

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  • Will new computers actually solve the problem? A lot of the time, it's less the school hardware than the software. Education software can be ridiculously horrible and teachers have ... varying... capacities to utilize it. But in general HP makes a decent chromebook and Lenovo's Ideapad 3 are good options. Plus there's always a decent option of refurbished or second hand toughbooks which can stand up to a TON of abuse.

  • It's both... honestly. Hardware is slow. They have it locked down to a point where I can't even add the house printer or the headphones that the school insisted they have. They mostly use google classroom and we can access it on other computers. Had to do that before when one of them was home and their school chomebook wouldn't turn on. So the kid used my wife's laptop. Honestly I hate chromebooks and if I can find a decent laptop for a manageable price then I'll go that route.

    Ooh yeah I had forgotten about Toughbooks! I've been peeking at refurbished units also. Thanks for your input! 

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  • It's both... honestly. Hardware is slow. They have it locked down to a point where I can't even add the house printer or the headphones that the school insisted they have. They mostly use google classroom and we can access it on other computers. Had to do that before when one of them was home and their school chomebook wouldn't turn on. So the kid used my wife's laptop. Honestly I hate chromebooks and if I can find a decent laptop for a manageable price then I'll go that route.

    Ooh yeah I had forgotten about Toughbooks! I've been peeking at refurbished units also. Thanks for your input! 

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