Kids going to high school. Wow! The time flies. I remember them in diapers like it was yesterday. Now I am waiting for Cyber Monday laptop sales to give them both new computers to use for their high school years. Both of them are part of a program for them to graduate with an associate degree when they finish high school. My wife and I decided we would give them all the tools they need to succeed. Of course, the new computers will also be able to be used for fun and gaming too. You cannot get around that.
Both kids are going to be in visual design careers that include the need to be experts in photography and videography from shooting to editing. We got them subscriptions to cloud-based image and video editing software professionals use, and we are making sure their laptops have discrete graphics cards that can render high-end 4K video without a problem. They are going to be power users of their new computers right off the bat in their high school classes. We wanted to make sure their new computers exceeded the specs recommended by the classes they have to take.
The only way we can afford it is to take advantage of Cyber Monday laptop sales for better computers. They are not going to get by with bargain laptops. They need the works to be able to edit video. You can do a lot of photo editing on mid-level laptops, but you really need special machines if you are wanting to do all kinds of special effects in videos. Buying two at the same time would be a problem for our budget if it was not for the timing of the Cyber Monday sales being just at the right time of the school year when the book work turns to production work.