Money-Saving Tech Tips for College Students #3: Tablet
Many college students end up buying a laptop computer for taking to class and working on assignments on the go.
Laptops can be expensive and heavy for carting around campus all day. If your program doesn’t require running specialized software packages, you may well be able to get away with a small tablet and keyboard case combo instead.
I like the pairing of Apple’s iPad Mini with Retina Display and a Zagg (ZAGG) Folio. You get a laptop form factor, decent keyboard (with backlit keys for dim lecture halls), 10 hour battery life and the ability to run apps like Microsoft Office.
The combined device is small enough to easily slip into a backpack, weighs under a pound and costs under $500 — that’s pretty tough to beat with a traditional PC laptop.