Do you have a kid that needs a laptop? These wonderful creatures are known to put electronic devices through a torture test, so you have to pick the model carefully. HP understands your predicament and offers the rugged, kid-friendly Fortis line of lap-dwelling computers.
These days, the world of IT does not wait for kids to grow up because schoolwork and entertainment usually now require extraordinary computing powers that only a laptop can provide. HP is fully aware of this and wants to cash in with a new range of laptops, Fortis.
The Fortis laptops are available as a traditional clamshell or 2-in-1. However, all of them have increased protection in common. For example, they are protected from your kid’s drink, sport reinforced ports, and have a strip of rubber around the edge to protect them from the inevitable drops and bumps. Kids simply cannot do with dropping things.
To help their tender hands grip the devices better, HP has used a textured surface, so drops should be minimal. However, HP has prepared for the worst-case scenario by adding a shield that protects the battery when it does drop.
Some kids find joy in removing the keys on their laptops, to the dismay of their parents. To prevent this, HP has made the keys harder to remove without affecting the usability. Also, when your kids return from school, you can wipe this machine down with household cleaning materials because who knows all the germs they have picked up?
HP is targeting more than one camp here, offering a Chrome and a Windows version. So, from an early age, you can set your kids down the IT path you desire, and hopefully, they will not depart when they grow up.
The HP Fortis 14-inch G10 Chromebook is the most affordable of the brood. It starts from $349 and has a range of customization. You can choose between a 1366 x 768 or 1920 x 1080 display with an optional touchscreen. You may want to consider if food items won’t end up messing up the screen, but for older kids, that should not be a problem. HP offers this Chromebook with either Celeron or Pentium processor, and you can add up to 8 GB of RAM with 128 GB of ROM (eMMC). Your kids will connect peripherals with one USB-C port, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a jack that takes both headphones and microphones, and a microSD card reader. You can order the G10 Chromebook now.
HP offers a smaller 11-inch G9 Q Chromebook with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c chipset. It is available with 4GB or 8 GB of RAM and 32 GB or 64 GB of eMMC storage. However, you will need to wait till June to get it for your offspring. Also, this Chromebook is fit for education.
For Windows-loving parents, you can start building your kids’ digital heritage by providing them with the ProBook Fortis G9 and ProBook Fortis G10. Both models come with a 14-inch screen and have almost everything in common apart from their processors and Windows OS versions. The G9 is equipped with either a Celeron or Pentium processor and runs Windows 11 SE, while the G10 has a Core i3 or Core i5 CPU and ships with standard Windows 11.
RAM and storage options are up to 8 GB and 64 GB (eMMC) respectively, in addition to 128 GB or 256 GB of SSD storage. The G9 is available now from $369, but the G10 will come in April, with the price yet to be determined.
If you want your kids to experience the comfort of a 2-in-1 form factor, you can buy them the HP Pro x360 Fortis G9 or the HP Pro x360 Fortis G10. Both models have an 11-ich screen and stylus support, although the rechargeable pen is an optional buy. But who would want to deny their kids the simple pleasure of doodling? Their configurations are similar to the clamshell models but, being tablets, offer an optional 5 MP camera on the rear.
You can buy the G9 now, starting from $399, but the G10 is coming in April when HP will announce the price.