Should I Invest In A New Laptop Or Tablet For College?

I’m going to start college in the fall, and I was wondering; should I invest in a new laptop or get a tablet? I’m going to be majoring in education. I have a laptop now and it’s decent, it works well so I was wondering if I should get a tablet, that way it would be easier to carry around and do research on. What are your suggestions? Also, what kind of laptops or tablets should I look into? Will I get a student discount since I’m a college student?

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5 Responses to “Should I Invest In A New Laptop Or Tablet For College?”

  1. Cassi says:

    As a student who has both… Laptop, by far.
    Tablets are *not* helpful in school. They cannot run full programs like Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, etc. that you will be using constantly for classes. They are not good for taking notes. Many textbooks are still no offered in ebook format, and even if they are e-textbooks are actually a pain in the butt to use (have used 3). Basically, you’re going to have access to ebooks (mostly enjoyment), email, minor web use, and apps. In short, my tablet’s never used for school.
    Dell as far as I remember offers discounts to students, I can’t say about other brands. Personally though, I wouldn’t recommend one.

  2. says:

    A laptop, a tablet is useless.

  3. Rob says:

    Tablets are useless in college.
    There’s no sense in getting a new laptop if your old one works. Why waste the money?
    Leave your laptop in your dorm room or apartment, you won’t need it on campus or in class.

  4. Steve says:

    Laptop most definitely.

  5. Chuckles says:

    I agree with Cassi about the need for a laptop.
    And if the laptop you have now is working OK just keep using it. Then replace it as soon as it gets cranky. ANything you can get for $500 will be more computer than you ever need.
    Tablets are an amusing toy but you simply cannot type fast enough on a touch screen to keep up.

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