From researching and writing a paper, to watching YouTube videos and designing layouts, to writing computing codes, managing calendars and emails and wasting time on Facebook, computers are students’ best friends. To those who can make it through college without one—kudos. For the rest of us, we face a multitude of choices when it comes to which computer to buy.

So, the Technique asks, what is best for a college student, a classic laptop or touchscreen tablet? Nearly every computer buyer of the last five years has pondered and subjectively argued this initial decision.

Each kind of computer has its own perks and downfalls, making the choice between the two a personal and idiosyncratic matter—there is no “one size fits all” out there.

Laptops have always been the go-to appliance for college students. They are portable, fast and do everything that an ordinary, non-wireless PC can do. In contrast to most tablets, laptops accept USB drives, CDs, DVDs and Ethernet cords; they are also invaluable for using accessories.

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About the Author:

Jake New

Jake New studied journalism at Indiana University, where he was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student. At the IDS, Jake covered the IU administration, minority student issues, and state education policy. After a brief stint at the Bloomington Herald-Times covering IU, crime, and local politics, Jake interned at the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington D.C, writing about online learning, open-access policies, academic publishing, and ed-tech startups. Jake joined eCampus News as an assistant editor in May 2013, where he continues to cover technology and higher education. His days often begin with a cup of coffee and the sinking feeling that another MOOC story is just around the corner. Follow Jake via Twitter: @eSN_Jake

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