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I'm starting college in the fall!  I'm super excited because it's been a long road getting to this point :)

 

I want to buy a tablet or a laptop.  I want something I can carry around with me for schoolwork so I'm not stuck sitting at the computer or moving back and forth when I'm working on something.  I'm not sure if I'd be taking it to school with me or not... it's been 12 years since I've been to college!

 

I used to have a laptop, but we lost it in a flood.  I really loved it, but I'm not sure if I'd be happier with a tablet instead.

 

So I'm asking for opinions and stories on which you all prefer and why :)  

 

Price range is 500-800 if that makes a difference and I have no idea which laptop or tablet I'd get.

 

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laptop all the way.

 

 

I think tablets are fun but if you have to do any serious typing on them, they suck.

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Laptop.

I love my iPad, but when I have to do homework, I do it on my MacBook.

There are plenty of good laptops out there and sales due to graduation time.

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I use a nebook for school.  It's nice that it is so lightweight, yet it holds all the programs I need.  A tablet or ipad is nice to use as an e-reader (you might look into that if you are going to school full-time and will for a while; many textbooks are now in electronic format), but for taking notes and writing papers, you'd want an actual computer. Of course, that totally depends on your program.  Some are more hands on and less lectures, you know?


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Laptop for sure. You'll drive yourself crazy doing heavy schoolwork on a tablet. 

 

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Laptop. Even my elementary school age child can't do all she needs to on a tablet

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We have a laptop but have been toying around with the idea of an ipad.  Would having one of these make an ipad more interchangeable with a laptop?  I'm wondering if the main concern over an ipad is that they don't have a dedicated keyboard.


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A tablet simply doesn't have the capabilities of a laptop. Period.

Also, some profs seem to be getting away from note taking via laptop in class. There was a piece on NPR a while back on it. Tapping noise from typing too distracting.

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Laptop it is :)  Thanks everyone.  I like this one (a bit over my range but I can save up longer) http://www.walmart.com/ip/Lenovo-43972AU/16503249 but I wonder if I should look for something smaller.  

 

I was wondering about the textbooks.  It's been a very long time since I've been to school and I'm not sure how things work anymore.


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That Lenovo should do the trick just fine. The little ones are really handy for toting around, but a full-size keyboard makes a big difference when typing a lot. I just ordered a few Asus eeepcs for the school I teach at and they are pretty cool. But even though the keyboard is 92% of full size, which is a pretty good size, I find it annoying to type on. So if you are going to go smaller, I'd recommend getting the biggest keyboard you can.

 

As far as keyboards for tablets go, you totally could use a bluetooth keyboard with an iPad. If you have a good data plan on the iPad, you could store your files in the cloud (like with Google Docs). The tricky thing is printing, though. Unless the iPad 2 has printing capabilities I don't know about, you have to jump through some hoops to be able to print your files. There are some rumblings of tablet/laptop hybrids coming out, but I don't think there is anything on the market yet.

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I agree that a laptop is the better choice for school. Even with an extra keyboard, tablets just can't handle the workload that you need for school.  Also, my personal opinion is to skip the "netbooks" because they seem to get really slow and junky pretty fast. 

 

If you aren't starting school until Fall, I recommend waiting a month or two for all the back-to-school deals that usually start end of July/beginning of August. Pretty much everyone has them.  I got a new Dell 2 years ago for $500 that was normally almost $900, and they often bundle the computer with faster RAM, extra mouse, free printer, etc. Don't forget to get a bag/sleeve/case for your laptop as well.

 

As for text books, I'm a HUGE fan of half.com or amazon.com. So much cheaper than going with the college bookstore. Just be really careful that you double check which edition you are buying, because it really can make a huge difference. Also, my husband uses chegg.com to rent textbooks and he loves it.

 

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I agree that a laptop is the better choice for school. Even with an extra keyboard, tablets just can't handle the workload that you need for school.  Also, my personal opinion is to skip the "netbooks" because they seem to get really slow and junky pretty fast. 

 

If you aren't starting school until Fall, I recommend waiting a month or two for all the back-to-school deals that usually start end of July/beginning of August. Pretty much everyone has them.  I got a new Dell 2 years ago for $500 that was normally almost $900, and they often bundle the computer with faster RAM, extra mouse, free printer, etc. Don't forget to get a bag/sleeve/case for your laptop as well.

 

As for text books, I'm a HUGE fan of half.com or amazon.com. So much cheaper than going with the college bookstore. Just be really careful that you double check which edition you are buying, because it really can make a huge difference. Also, my husband uses chegg.com to rent textbooks and he loves it.

 

Congrats on going back to school!


I also recommend getting the best laptop you can manage. You will be using it hard and want to waste as little time as possible with crashes. Sometimes, Apple runs specials at back-to-school time that give you a free ipod touch with a new laptop for students. Then, you could have some of the fun of a tablet and a solid (albeit pricey) laptop.

 

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Thanks everyone!

 

I will wait till closer to school to buy and I'll get a laptop :)


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