Alternatively, if you want something slightly bigger while still staying under budget, check out Samsung’s Chromebook Plus V2, which starts at $480 and features a faster Intel Core m3 CPU, a similar 2-in-1 design, and even comes with an included stylus, which gives your kid another option when it comes to taking notes. And with a 12. 2-inch touchscreen, it’s display is slightly larger too.
And if you prefer more traditional cans, you’ll also want to consider Sony’s $180 XB900N headphones, which is a streamlined version of Sony’s flagship headphones that feature a very similar design, excellent sound quality, and active noise canceling that might not be as good as Sony’s high-end cans, but still way better than practically everything else in this price range.
And if for some reason you want a really nice Chromebook, there’s also Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook which features a super sleek 2-in-1 design, a stunning OLED display, and a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 chip so it won’t be lacking for performance compared to its Windows or macOS rivals.
Annoyingly, the base 13-inch Surface Laptop 3 which normally goes for just $800 is sold out at the moment, along with every config for the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3, so if you’re considering Surface Laptop, you might want to order soon. (That said, if the more affordable version of the Surface Laptop 3 sells out, the base $750 model of the Surface Pro 7 is still available, at least for now.
Meanwhile, when it comes to Windows-based laptops, the Surface Laptop 3 and the Lenovo Yoga C740 are a potent pair that should meet your needs, regardless if you just want something super sleek and simple, or if you want something a bit more flexible.
The budget laptop segment has been one of the most hardest hit categories, with a huge number of Chromebooks including our usual top pick—the Asus Chromebook Flip C434—being currently sold out, with little info on when it might be available again.
Finally, if you prefer something that’s even more portable, you might also want to consider the Surface Go 2 or the Samsung Tab S6 Lite, because while both systems are technically tablets, you can add-on detachable keyboards for less than $100, keeping the total price of both systems under $500.
Unfortunately, the Not Pink Pixelbook Go is out of stock at the moment, which leaves you with just basic black, and if you’re concerned about performance, it’d probably be best to upgrade to the $850 model that comes with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.
On the Windows side, the easy pick is the Dell XPS 13, which not only includes 10th-gen Intel CPUs as standard across its entire range, it also features an even sleeker design and better build than pretty much anything out there, a nearly bezel-less display, excellent battery life, and handy features like Windows Hello face login and a combo power button/fingerprint reader.
As for headphones, if you’re just looking for an inexpensive pair of wireless headphones to help cut down on distractions, it’s hard to do better than the Jabra Move, which offer a simple, lightweight design, soft over-the-ear earcups, and strong sound quality for just $50.
But out of the hundreds of laptops in this price range, our top three are the Surface Laptop 3, the Pixelbook Go, and the Lenovo Yoga C740.
Just check your school’s requirements to make sure the device you pick has the right kind of OS compatibility, as the Chromebook 11 3100 and Chromebook Plus V2 run on Google’s Chrome OS, while the Surface Go 2 runs on Windows 10 and the Tab S6 Lite comes with Android 10.
Then there’s the Yoga C740, which combines Lenovo’s long-standing expertise with 360-degree 2-in-1s with solid specs, a 14-inch full HD touchscreen, a webcam that comes with a privacy shutter, a built-in fingerprint reader, and a price tag that starts at just $900.
However, in an effort to remove some of the confusion out of choosing the right tech for your child, we’ve put together a short list of the best remote learning gadgets you can buy that are actually in stock and available for purchase, grouped into three different price ranges (budget, affordable and premium) to best suit your budget.