US faces back-to-school laptop shortage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Schools across the United States are facing shortages and long delays, of up to several months, in getting this year’s most crucial back-to-school supplies: the laptops and other equipment needed for online learning, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The world’s three biggest computer companies, Lenovo, HP and Dell, have told school districts they have a shortage of nearly 5 million laptops, in some cases exacerbated by Trump administration sanctions on Chinese suppliers, according to interviews with over two dozen U.S. schools, districts in 15 states, suppliers, computer companies and industry analysts.

As the school year begins virtually in many places because of the coronavirus, educators nationwide worry that computer shortfalls will compound the inequities — and the headaches for students, families and teachers.

“This is going to be like asking an artist to paint a picture without paint. You can’t have a kid do distance

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Goolsby Elementary School third grader Ava Dweck, 9, takes an online class at a friend's home during the first week of distance learning for the Clark County School District amid the spread of the coronavirus on August 25 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A student from North Carolina recently had his Chromebook spark and smoke as he was attending a Zoom class.


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Goolsby Elementary School third grader Ava Dweck, 9, takes an online class at a friend’s home during the first week of distance learning for the Clark County School District amid the spread of the coronavirus on August 25 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A student from North Carolina recently had his Chromebook spark and smoke as he was attending a Zoom class.

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The parents of the student sent pictures of a damaged laptop to WXII 12 News, an NBC-affiliated local TV network in Winston-Salem, reporting that their son was

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The Best Laptop Brands for 2020

These days, laptops are a necessity. On the plus side, they’re never in short supply, and there’s one for every budget. On the downside, there are so many that choosing the best one for your needs can get overwhelming. The lifespan of a laptop ranges from three to five years on average. So, whichever one you choose has to fit your present and future needs. To narrow down your search, we’ve put together a list of the top brands for 2020.

The best

Dell

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Dell’s work, particularly in the ultrabook field, has yielded an incredible new crop of ultraportable laptops that work great, have powerful specs, and don’t give up the ghost without a fight. If you need a PC for work or school and want it to last for as long as possible, Dell’s machines are a great choice. And Dell has arguably one of the

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US faces back-to-school laptop shortage due to Trump sanctions on China over detention of Uighurs

A large number of American schools will not be able to provide laptops to students who are learning virtually this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic partly because of the Trump administration’s sanctions on China over its treatment of Uighur Muslims, it was reported.

Schools across the United States are facing shortages and long delays, of up to several months, in getting this year’s most crucial back-to-school supplies: the laptops and other equipment needed for online learning, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The world’s three biggest computer companies, Lenovo, HP and Dell, have told school districts they have a shortage of nearly 5 million laptops, in some cases exacerbated by Trump administration sanctions on Chinese suppliers, according to interviews with over two dozen US schools, districts in 15 states, suppliers, computer companies and industry analysts.

As the school year begins virtually in many places because of the coronavirus, educators

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US faces back-to-school laptop shortage due to China sanctions

A large number of American schools will not be able to provide laptops to students who are learning virtually this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic partly because of the Trump administration’s sanctions on China over its treatment of Uighur Muslims, it was reported.

Schools across the United States are facing shortages and long delays, of up to several months, in getting this year’s most crucial back-to-school supplies: the laptops and other equipment needed for online learning, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The world’s three biggest computer companies, Lenovo, HP and Dell, have told school districts they have a shortage of nearly 5 million laptops, in some cases exacerbated by Trump administration sanctions on Chinese suppliers, according to interviews with over two dozen US schools, districts in 15 states, suppliers, computer companies and industry analysts.

As the school year begins virtually in many places because of the coronavirus, educators

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Choosing the right back-to-school laptop for in-school vs. remote learning

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There’s an inescapable truth to the new school year: Just about every student, from grade school through college, needs their own computer thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Through a mix of remote learning and in-person classes, sometimes with multiple children in the same family beaming into different virtual classrooms at the same time, it’s a one-device-per-person world, now, which means a big investment from not only schools but also parents. 

What does each type of student need? Remote students will have different needs than in-person or hybrid students. And there’s an issue that’s even more important right now — where can they find something that’s actually available to buy? Low-cost models are frequently out of stock, and even schools are having trouble getting enough laptops and chromebooks. The recommendations below are currently in stock, and I’ll update their availability as needed. 

Full-time in-person students

Some schools, but a

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What the Tech? Which laptop to buy | What The Tech?

Because of the pandemic and changes in school calendars, parents are expected to make sure their child can go online for at least some of their classroom work. Since many homes only have a couple of computers for the family, parents are being asked to make laptops available for their child during school hours. Of course, since mom and dad may still be working from home, that means shelling out a few hundred bucks for their child a laptop.

There are lots of choices, so let’s talk about who might need a PC laptop.

For elementary and middle school students, a basic PC laptop will handle most of what they’ll need to do for school. Some of the cheapest PCs will be too heavy for younger students to carry around. A 15″ laptop is about as big as you want to go.

A PC laptop is good if your school

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Back-to-School Laptop Deals 2020: Chromebook, Mac, and Windows

School might be very different this fall, but whether you’re be walking from class to class or using Zoom, one thing won’t be changing — you’ll need a laptop. And here we have some great deals for you from top brands like Apple and Microsoft. While the options have never been wider, the fact remains, there is nothing more convenient than being able to pack up your computer, toss it in your bag or under your arm, and move to the next location — whether that is your next class or just a quieter room in the house. These laptops have a variety of screen sizes, storage capacities, software choices, and above all, prices. Whether you need an affordable workhorse word processor for papers or a more impressive showpiece for finished design work, we have you covered with our list of the very best back-to-school laptop deals.

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Laptop shortage in US as families face back-to-school: Report

Educators nationwide worry that computer shortfalls will compound the inequities — and the headaches for students, families and teachers.

SAN FRANCISCO, California — Schools across the United States are facing shortages and long delays, of up to several months, in getting this year’s most crucial back-to-school supplies: the laptops and other equipment needed for online learning, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The world’s three biggest computer companies, Lenovo, HP and Dell, have told school districts they have a shortage of nearly 5 million laptops, in some cases exacerbated by Trump administration sanctions on Chinese suppliers, according to interviews with over two dozen U.S. schools, districts in 15 states, suppliers, computer companies and industry analysts.

As the school year begins virtually in many places because of the coronavirus, educators nationwide worry that computer shortfalls will compound the inequities — and the headaches for students, families and teachers.

“This is going

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As a virtual start approaches, some St. Louis area schools face laptop backlogs | Education

Now some local districts are coming up short.

Jennings plans to have most students do all classes remotely. Roughly a third — generally younger students and those with special needs, said Superintendent Art McCoy — will learn partially in-person, on alternating days.

And Jennings has enough devices for grades one to 12, McCoy said. But for preschoolers and kindergartners, the district is aiming to provide touchscreen devices. McCoy said a touchscreen device is preferable for a younger child, because it is easier than using a computer mouse.

About two months ago, the district paid for 175 touchscreen Chromebooks, McCoy said. But he doesn’t expect they’ll arrive by Aug. 24, when school starts.

McCoy said he believes vendors have had trouble keeping up with the volume.

“We were one-device-to-every-family in 2017,” McCoy said. Now, he said, “the goal is one device per every child.”

He said he expects the shipment to

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