Homeschooling on a budget—say P30,000—and unsure if your budget will be enough to cover everything you or your kids need? No need to fret!
We’ve put together a list of top 5 homeschooling gadgets, some of the best tech for homeschooling available on a budget nowadays, that homeschoolers and/or their parents can invest in to help make homeschooling fruitful and fun without breaking the bank. Check out our list below now!
Laptop: Lenovo Ideapad S130-11IGM 81J1000VPH (P14,995.00)
The Ideapad S130-11IGM 81J1000VPH is a compact, durable Windows 10 laptop from one of the top brands in computing worldwide. It has an 11.6” HD screen that’s great for writing papers or watching video sessions and is decently fast due to its Intel Celeron N4000 processor and 2GB of DDR4 RAM. It also has 500GB of onboard storage space and weighs in at just 1.44kg. Lenovo has also seen fit to design the S130 with a protective finish that wards off wear and tear and rubber detailing on its underside to boost durability too.
Headset: A4 Tech HS 5P (P350.00)
A good headset is part and parcel of a complete distance learning desk setup, and A4 Tech’s HS 5P fits the bill without breaking the bank. It’s a simple wired headset compatible with Windows devices that plugs in to them via 3.5mm stereo jack and features a tangle-resistant 2m-long cable. A built-in unidirectional microphone can be adjusted to suit the user and helps ensure crystal-clear voice chats. The HS 5P is a behind-the-neck microphone, which ensures comfort and also makes it easy to hang up when not in use.
Speakers: Logitech Z120 (P525.00)
There may come a time when homeschoolers won’t want or need to use headsets—or when a headset may be impractical because more than one person needs to listen in. For such situations, a speaker set is best, and Logitech’s Z120 is a great budget speaker set. It connects to and runs on a USB port for power, and also has a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio. An included cable management solution at the back of the speakers allows for quick and easy cord adjustment.
Tablet: Lenovo Smart Tab M8 (P8,490.00)
Tablets are excellent solutions for most homeschooling activities, and a budget tablet like the Smart Tab M8 is great for most of the work that homeschooling entails. The M8 has an bright and clear 8” HD (1280×800) IPS touchscreen display, has 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage space (expandable via MicroSD slot), runs Android 9 Pie, and is powered by a MediaTek A22 quad core processor. Front (2MP) and rear (5MP) cameras provide decent imaging ability. The Smart Tab M8 has built-in Dolby Atmos speakers and Google Assistant to put you in complete control—and is also bundled with a free Smart Charging Station.
Smartphone: Realme C11 (P4,990)
Lastly, homeschoolers also need a smartphone. Realme’s C11 is an excellent reasonably-priced option. The C11 is available in either Mint Green or Pepper Grey. Its generous 5,000mAh battery allows for 40 days of standby time and as much as 12.1 hours gaming time, and powers its Helio G35 processor, which is sufficiently powerful for gaming use (after lessons are over, of course). Its 6.5” mini-drop screen is bright and clear, and it has a powerful AI dual camera set (front-facing: 2MP; rear-facing main: 13MP plus 5P). 2GB RAM and 32GB storage space round out the C11’s feature set.
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