CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — This year, more than ever, back-to-school shopping includes new computers as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps kids off campus.
With the school year starting remotely, many families are looking to get their students new devices. But with so many options, how do you make sure students stay connected without breaking the bank?
This back to school season, there’s more demand for tech.
“We’ve seen about a 20% increase from last year this time,” said Andrew Seifert, owner of 1 Stop Tech Shop.
Seifert has been busy repairing computers for students. He says updating an old system is a cheaper option than buying a new one.
“Depends on the age of the equipment, but for m most school use, some older equipment just needs to be repaired and put back in use,” said Seifert.
However, some families simply need a new device.
“We did go out and buy our son an additional laptop,” said London ISD parent Kimberley Martinez. “He had his iPad and his phone, but we got him a new laptop last week.”
To help keep their family safe, both of Martinez’s sons are staying home the entire year, which is why her youngest needed a new computer.
“It’s the whole school year, so we set him up an actual workstation,” said Martinez.
Shopping for new technology can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
“Look for the requirements your school is asking you for for your equipment and meet those expectations,” said Seifert. ‘Don’t try to exceed them, that way you can really stretch your budget.’
So, how much will these options set you back per student?
“You can be looking to spend between $250-300 repairing your current equipment,” said Seifert. “You’d be looking to spend $300-500 on a low to mid range computer that would work great for the situation.”
Tech experts recommend setting parental controls on your kids’ devices to keep them safe online.