Laptop vs Tablet

It is essential for every average student to possess a personal computer. One can use it for research, essay writing and for communication. They can easily access social media just like the phones. A portable computer is essential as a student has to carry it from one class to another all day long. With the advanced technology, some students are choosing the tablet over the traditional laptop. However, this does not mean that the tablet is superior over the laptop. For this reason, here are some of the things to consider before going for laptops for college or a tablet for college too.


The laptop has been affordable for most students. This has been so due to the many designs available. Almost every average student can afford one. On the other hand, a tablet is not as cheap as perceived. This might be due to the limited companies involved in manufacturing it. Just because it is smaller than the laptop it does not mean it is cheaper.

Points awarded

Laptop 7/10

Tablet 3/10


A tablet is thin and very light to carry. It can fit on your handbag and you do not have to sweat while carrying it. A laptop can be relatively heavy. You have to get a big bag to carry it around. This can sometimes limit its portability especially if you intend to walk a lot.

Laptop 4/10

Tablet 3/10

Battery life

Laptops are known to have a high battery life unlike the tablets. In addition to battery with a tablet you can easily touch whatever you want to read. The laptop you have to highlight which takes more time.


Tablet 4/10



Laptops for college students are better than the tablets which have emerged due to new technology.Now you may consider going for a laptop or a tablet.

A Guide to Purchasing Netbooks For College Students

When netbooks were first introduced into the market, they invoked a sense of surprise and wonder among consumers. These tiny laptops had traditionally been an expensive device and so it seemed incredible they were now available for half the price of a regular system. However, the increased popularity of tablets has made the netbook take a backseat. Also, full sized laptops are now competing in the same cost bracket as the netbook. All this high competition has ensured that the notebooks being manufactured today have to go out of their way to woo the customer. These new models have bigger screens and keyboards, faster processors and better features, all available at highly affordable prices.
The traditional characteristics of a notebook that set it apart from similar devices are its light weight, low powered components, and low price. There are many options to choose from and the major manufacturers are household names like ASUS, Samsung, Dell, HP, Toshiba, and Lenovo. Netbooks vary a lot in features, screen size, interface and typing experience. Netbooks can be a good alternative to laptops for college students. The number of choices can leave consumers confused and uncertain. Hopefully, this guide should help you with some of the problems you might be facing while buying a netbook.

Screens and Keyboards
It is easy to distinguish netbooks and laptops but to differentiate between the various netbook systems, you need to have a keen eye. Earlier 10-inch screens with a 1,024×600 resolution were the norm for netbooks. But now they come in all sizes. HP Pavilion dm1z and the Lenovo ThinkPad X120e have 11.6 inch wide screens and here are even larger ones such as the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 (12 inch) and the Asus EeePC 1215B (12 inch). The resolutions for these are increased to 1,366×768.
With earlier netbooks, a problem was that full sized keyboards were not always available on these smaller devices. But this has changed now with even smaller netbooks like the Toshiba mini NB305-N600 and Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 offering full-size keyboards with their ten-inch screens. Nowadays almost all netbooks provide a full-size keyboard.

Some New Features
Webcams, USB ports, card readers. built-in WiFi and Bluetooth are the traditional features that can be found on most netbooks. Some netbooks, like the Dell Inspiron Duo and Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t, are convertible tablets that feature a touchscreen on a rotating hinge. Embedded 3G modems can be found in the HP Mini 5103 and Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (HD). An optical drive is one feature that is not available with most netbooks.
The Intel Atom platform had been the most widely used for netbooks. With an Atom processor, integrated graphics and 1 GB memory it used to perform most functions quite satisfactorily. But now AMD, with their Fusion APUs, has become a major player. Not only are the processors faster, they have better graphics and a more effecient battery also. However, the fourth generation Intel Atom processors, the Atom N455 (1.6 GHz) and N475 (1.83 GHz), have shown vast improvements. These have both single and dual core versions and have a upgraded DDR3 memory support.

Points to Keep in Mind while Purchasing Netbooks
Batteries: The starting range of notebooks have 3 cell battery (less than 30 Wh) units. Many newer versions utilize the 6-cell batteries which get you about twice the battery life on single charge. So if you are someone who has day long classes and frequently needs the netbook outdoors, then the 6-cell option is the one to consider.
Hard Drives: You will have two main options in hard drives: Solid-state drives (SSDs) and spinning hard drives. The latter offers a better better gigabyte per dollar ratio and has a minimum of 250GB storage space. Spinning hard drives are also much cheaper than SSDs. The advantage of an SSD is better transfer speeds, longer life, and better durability.

Functions of Netbooks
Netbooks have a number of functional capabilities that go beyond just spreadsheets, word processing and surfing the Web. Transcoding videos using Windows Media Encoder 11 and editing footage with the Adobe Premiere Elements 9 is possible. You can edit photos after transferring them from your digital camera. Businesses are considering the devices as it can run various e-mail clients, put clients on a network, install VPN client and has secure antivirus suites.
The traditional price range of netbooks, the $300 – $500 bracket, also has a number of products which appeal to the eye. Sleek aluminum frames like the HP 5103 and Toshiba NB305-N600 are finding many buyers. Though the future of netbooks is far from secure, these newer models are bound to give tablets and laptops a run for their money.

The 10 Best Laptops for College Students

After going over our laptop reviews in the last few months, we’ve chosen 10 budget-friendly (mostly) computers that are ideal for college students. These range from little, bag-sized models that are ideal for note-taking in the classroom to more powerful ones which are better in a dorm room.

Of course, and this is particularly true if you’re looking for higher-end computers, you’ll also want to check out our continuously updated list of laptop reviews with the newest releases.

10 Best Laptops for College Students

10. Samsung Chromebook
Launch price: $330
Current price: $249
Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

If you’ve heard of Chrome OS, you know Samsung’s Chromebook is not like the mainstream Windows machines. It will almost certainly take a few days for you to get used to the Chromebook, unless you’re a serious Google addict who currently stores your life with Gmail, Calendar, Docs, and the like.

Unlike other laptops, the Chromebook doesn’t run Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. Instead, it basically just runs a web browser — Google Chrome.

As a result, the Chromebook is primarily useful when you’ll always be around a Wi-Fi connection. Some of the apps have offline modes which allow you to use it otherwise, of course, but the online focus can take some getting used to it.

On the other hand, it’s light, slim, cheap, long-lasting, and quite secure against viruses, since it only runs a web browser and doesn’t use Windows.

9. HP Envy x2

Launch price: $750
Current price: about $650
Our rating: 4 out of 5

The HP Envy x2 is an impressive machine. It has outstanding industrial design which really shows off the power of hybrid laptop/tablet designs.

You can think of the Envy x2 in two ways. One, you can think of it as a regular laptop where you can take off the screen and use it as a tablet, which is quite handy during the day if you aren’t in the mood for a full computer.

On the other hand, you can attach the keyboard during class or while writing essays in a cafe, and get a traditional laptop experience. The keyboard side includes nothing essential to the computer, except for a second battery which goes a long way to extending the battery life.

8. Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D

Launch price: $1000
Current price: about $800
Our rating: 4 out of 5

The Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D looks just as stylish as Apple’s MacBook Air, and it’s a bit more inexpensive. Hold this 13 inch laptop and you’ll be amazed at how thin it is.

Though it is not a cheap laptop, it does have the power you’d expect from a premium, larger computer. We believe it’s a good buy, though it’s not an excellent one. If you aren’t looking for ultra-thin and ultra-light, you can get more performance for less money with a heavier laptop.

7. Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 Touch

Launch price: $1099
Current price: about $589
Our rating: 4 out of 5

Running Windows 8, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 Touch has a touchscreen panel which allows you to navigate on screen by prodding it.

It’s not the best looking laptop, but thanks to a Core i7 processor and a discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 740M graphics chip, the laptop has a very strong core which will handle almost any normal task. In terms of performance for the price, this Lenovo is a steal.

However, it is quite large and heavy, which makes it best for dorm room use only.

6. Asus VivoBook S400C

Launch price: $700
Current price: around $600
Our rating: 4 out of 5

The overwhelming impression we got is that the Asus VivoBook S400C is a very good laptop, even if we were disappointed by that touchpad gestures and battery life.

While the Core i3 processor isn’t great, it delivers solid performance. An integrated graphics processor is good for day to day use (though it probably won’t be satisfying for gaming). 3.5 hours of battery life is enough for some note-taking if you forget your charger.

Overall, the Asus VivoBook S400C is a well-appointed laptop that delivers your money’s worth.

5. Lenovo Yoga 11S

Launch price: $750
Current price: About $530
Our rating: 4 out of 5

Flexible and functional, the Lenovo Yogo 11S is exactly what we want to find in an Ultrabook. It’s light enough to travel, and small enough to easily tuck in a bag.

Thanks to an i7 processor and SSD, it’s extremely snappy to use. We particularly liked that you can get those options starting at $799.

Despite its size, you can easily use it like any other laptop with a full keyboard. The only downside is the keyboard isn’t backlit.

Overall, the 11-inch Lenovo Yoga 11S is great enough you’ll probably use it until grad school.

4. Macbook Pro 15-inch with Retina

Launch price: $2799
Current price $2799
Our rating: 4 out of 5

The Retina display is the most exciting feature on the newest Apple Macbook Pro. Thanks to a 2880×1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch, that’s 3 million more pixels than an HDTV.

The Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch is also incredibly light, lighter in fact than the “regular” 13 inch model and only a millimeter thicker than the Macbook Air.

However, as it’s so light and thin, there’s no hard drive — it’s solid state only, which offers better speed and battery but lower capacity. Though it’s aimed at photographers, video editors, and graphics professionals, if you have the money, we recommend it.

3. Dell XPS 13

Launch price: $1210
Current price: about $800
Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

A bit cheaper than the Macbook, and it’s initially very similar too. The aluminum-adorned lid has a solid, high quality design.

Battery life is incredible, it lasted 325 minutes looping an HD video. This laptop is an excellent purchase if you want a reliable travel companion.

The Core i7 processor is quite powerful, the 8GB of RAM is huge, and the 256GB solid state drive is massive. (This last part is a main selling point.)

While the Dell XPS 13 is a bit more expensive, it’s still a worthwhile machine to consider.

2. Asus VivoBook S200

Launch price: $680
Current price: $500
Our rating: 5 out of 5

A fantastic 11.6 inch touchscreen gives the Asus VivoBook S200 almost everything you could want in a laptop, and at a very reasonable price.

While such a small computer will never be a media machine, the 500GB hard drive is quite spacious enough to bring along plenty of music and movies. Overall the Asus VivoBook S200 offers great looks, excellent performance, wonderful portability, and at a fantastic price.

1. 11-inch Macbook Air 2013

Launch price: $999
Current price: $999
Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This sixth-generation Macbook Air is powerful enough to use as your main computer. It has the same form factor as its predecessor, but it brings tremendous performance upgrades.

Unfortunately, it does not have the high-resolution Retina screen, which is so sharp the human eye can’t distinguish between pixels. Overall, though, the fantastic battery life, thin and light design, and lower price make the 2013 11-inch Macbook Air a better choice for students than the Macbook Pro.