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Should I get a laptop or tablet for college even though I already have a rig at home?

What is your guys opinions on either getting my self a laptop or tablet for college? I am asking since I already have rig at home if I have something that requires more power. 

 

For a tablet, I was thinking on something like the Mi 4 plus or surface go. On laptop is more or less still undecided

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lappy top. I'd bring your rig if you can for your dorm, and if you have a tight budget, maybe just get a chromebook or old laptop for taking notes in class

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I dont like the "tablet experience" my phone is already gigantic (even though its probably medium size nowadays). I got myself a HP stream 14 recently and I am very happy with it, I even use it at home more often than my desktop.

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Cheapish laptop with a decent keyboard will come in handy for typing notes for lectures, unless you particularly like writing notes etc. You can also get an external decent mic (& camera if there is going to be plenty of stuff on boards) so you can record the lectures if you want to, if they aren't already recorded by your Uni for download.

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It really depends on the program you are in.

If you are doing only note typing, then a laptop is fine, especially if you don't mind having pen+paper for some classes like math

 

If you have classes that has a lot of PDF to import, and you want to write notes, and you don't want to go through the hassle of printing and keeping everything organized physically (that said you still need to originate stuff digitally, and probably play around with different software, to find one that fits your needs best), or have a lot of graph to draw, diagram, equations and such... basically where need a pen.  Then a Surface line product is a good choice. That said, also look at alternatives from OEMs as well.

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used Chromebook in good shape

 

I take notes with pencil on paper. It's cheap, and has no software limitation on how I draw things. At the same time, keep the presentation slide or something with my phone. However a laptop can be useful when you need to do something in school your phone can't do, but can't be bothered to go to the library. For example, typing out your homework, managing PDFs you've just scanned elsewhere etc.

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I'd say laptop. You're going to probably be doing a lot of data entry with it and certain fields of study may require you to have a computer that can do some extremely mobile-unfriendly tasks such as virtualization, CAD, software for writing code, graphic design applications, etc. And no matter what field you're in, you're going to need to do some office tasks (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) which are easier on a computer. You definitely want to be able to do all your schoolwork on your laptop so you don't have to run home when you have a 1 hour gap between classes where you can get stuff done. I walked around with a very big and heavy Dell M6500 when I was in college so I'm sure carrying around a more thin-and-light or even average-sized laptop wouldn't be too much of a burden.

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A laptop would be more useful. Leave the desktop at home.

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The 2018 iPad with Apple Pencil and keyboard case for basic tasks like writing, taking notes, content consumption etc. 

 

Laptop if you need power tasks like rendering or heavy multitasking. 

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As said before it really depends on your course of study, but I have never seen a student bring a tablet more than once.

 

Usually you are frantically trying to take notes and a tablet usually doesnt work out well for that even if they try to market them that way

 

I can honestly say my desktop hasn't been used at all for school. Honestly it just doesnt get used for much anymore. 

 

As for device reccomendations please check with your instructors and/or counselors and see if the school has a reccomendation for you. See if your program has a preference for windows or mac and if there are any special requirements (instructors are more helpful here). This is also a good resource to see if you qualify for any special education discounts.

 

Beyond that keyboard and monitor are paramount. Something you can type quickly and accurately on and a monitor that doesnt make your eyes hurt after 15 minutes.

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17 hours ago, DrMacintosh said:

The 2018 iPad with Apple Pencil and keyboard case for basic tasks like writing, taking notes, content consumption etc. 

My friend got an iPad (no idea which model) with the pencil. I found that it's very convenient in taking notes during lectures. Useful for students

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29 minutes ago, GeneXiS_X said:

My friend got an iPad (no idea which model) with the pencil. I found that it's very convenient in taking notes during lectures. Useful for students

Das the point :3 All the way up to High School the basic iPad does everything a student needs and can actually multitask now. 

 

Once you hit college, for general ed at least, the iPad is still serviceable, but I like have a dGPU when I’m on the go and is why I kinda regret my MBP purchase. Shoulda got the 15” T.T 

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23 hours ago, UnluckyGuy said:

What is your guys opinions on either getting my self a laptop or tablet for college? I am asking since I already have rig at home if I have something that requires more power. 

 

For a tablet, I was thinking on something like the Mi 4 plus or surface go. On laptop is more or less still undecided

Like many people said the answer depends on your school. Will you get lots of scanned stuff and PDFs and do you like to write down notes on paper or type them?? Some courses like chemistry have lots of drawing which gets annoying on laptops so a tablet or convertible would be ideal.

You should get an iPad with Pencil and keyboard cover or Surface Go in this case but if you need more power for programming and CAD in your classes or you don't take that many notes a laptop would be good but at that budget most laptops even used won't have the best battery life so think about it.

 

Personally I think you should consider the iPad for now if you are in high school but if you are going to college now, you might need to upgrade down the line.

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13 minutes ago, DrMacintosh said:

the basic iPad

^^this. No need to spend tons of money like Macbook

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