Quoted from ForceFlow:
Tons of people; it's 2017. And...I mean just listen to how cheap they are
I'd more expect to see kids with tablets or smart phones, rather than laptops.
People have become married to phones and tablets for consumption, so laptops ARE cheap these days. You can get basic new ones for $300 or so... which means perfectly useable ones just a few years old are easily found for under $100, while you can't hardly give away anything older than 5 years. Absent details on the particular machine specs, that $80/per unit is entirely plausible.
A cheap laptop makes sense for kids, too. My job provides access to all manner of disposed and obsolete but still serviceable laptops, so my kids (as well as select friends & neighbors) have had "their own" since they were two or three. A cheap laptop was better for them to bang on than the main household units. And a cheap laptop is often not much more expensive than a "toy" version... but way cheaper than an ipad. You can install any number of apps they may need or enjoy. And it's so cumbersome they can't just sneak off with it like a phone or tablet.
As for WHY young kids even need this tech in the first place? It was bad enough in 2010 but now it's 2017! Even in pre-school kids are sent home with links to reading sites, math sites, random "educational games"... plus things like Tinker and Scratch, or even Lego Mindstorms are approachable at <5y... never mind them parroting their tech-addict elders... so again, better for them to trash their own cheap device.
Which isn't always bad. Last time my 11yo's laptop fried, I gave her a parts unit and a screwdriver and told her to troubleshoot and figure it out herself. Which she did by swapping hard drives and RAM. Never too early to teach them random skills.
I can only hope those kids' laptops were intended for learning, and not just youtube zombieism.