BY AMANDA MOSES
It’s that time again, the summer is our past, the winter is our future, but more importantly, school is once again our present. Whether you are a parent preparing your child for the new school year, a college student embarking on the journey to your chosen profession, or both, there is one tool you may need—a laptop or tablet to write essays and to help you study. But what is better, what is cheaper, a laptop or a tablet? The Spring Creek Sun has to put together a short list to help you reenter the education system with a little less stress.
1. HP Chromebook – 14- x030nr: This ultra-thin laptop is perfect for portability, it has 9 1/2 hours of battery life and has a built in webcam. Students can save word documents online and it has a slot so you can plug in a memory card from a digital camera. It can stream 1080p videos perfectly and plays crisp sound through its stereo speakers located underneath the laptop. Of course it does not have as many features as some expensive alternatives, but with a price tag of $269.99, this is a fantastic machine to take to school or college.
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1: This tablet has a ten-inch screen and comes with faux leather backing, providing a lavish look. It also comes with a battery life of a few days and has duel speakers, letting you share whatever you are watching with a host of friends. The software includes apps such as Dropbox, Skype, (making good use of the built in camera) and some writing apps, best of all it has a multitasking feature, meaning you can switch between any of these things at any time. This tablet has a hefty price tag of $499, but if you want a top of the line tablet, this can certainly be the way to go.
3. ASUS Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1, Intel Bay Trail Tablet: This machine comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013. It has a ten-inch display and is the best of both worlds. It is a tablet but comes with a keyboard doc that is easily attachable and detachable. Need to get some writing done, type on the keyboard and then separate it to take a brake and watch some Netflix or YouTube videos. It does not have the power of a laptop or the resolution of some tablets, but for a device that attempts to give you both at the price of $400, this definitely one to consider.