“As a college student, you’re already paying a premium for your books, tuition, and housing, so any money you can save makes a difference,” wrote Louis Ramirez, senior features writer for DealNews. “And with laptops being a near-essential part of a college education, there’s no reason why you should overpay for a system you can find significantly cheaper outside your campus quarters.”

The report also found that Apple’s educational discount on laptops and iPads were bested by some retailers.

College student ownership of tablets could soon see an upswing if their desire to do academic work on the devices are any indication.

A 2013 survey conducted by Wakefield Research and digital course materials company CourseSmart asked 500 American college students about their dependence on devices, their opinions on eTextbooks and their views toward the rising price of a college education.

The results revealed that most students own digital and mobile devices — including tablets — and would prefer that content be delivered that way.

Fifty-three percent of respondents said they would be more likely to complete required reading in time for class if it was available digitally or could be accessed on a mobile device. Eighty-eight percent of students said they have used a mobile device to study for a test at the last minute.

That’s a 10 percent jump from the number of students who admitted to mobile cramming last year.

About the Author:

Denny Carter

Dennis has covered higher education technology since April 2008, having interviewed some of the most recognized IT pros in U.S. colleges and universities. He is always updating eCampus News with the latest in pressing ed-tech issues, such as the growing i

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