It can be a difficult choice deciding what computer will be adequate enough for your student before they are sent off to college. Not enough functionality and the tablet may just end up becoming an expensive bookend. Here are a list of affordable yet powerful tablets that are perfect for all college applications.
Asus VivoTab Note 8 – $249.00
This 8-inch tablet may be small, but it’s easily transported and also supports Microsoft Office which makes it a fantastic, affordable choice for any student. The SonicMaster speakers provide a big sound for the little device, allowing for it to serve as an excellent music or video player. A 32 gigabyte hard drive on the $248.99 should be enough for most students, but this can be upgraded to most standard sizes. The quad-core processor and 2 GB of DDR3 SDRAM guarantee this tablet can handle the requirements of Microsoft Office, games, and anything else the student wished to use it for.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 – $470.99
A fantastic tablet for any student is the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. The model number refers to the 12.2-inch screen, which also comes with a stylus which is fantastic for handwritten notes. Equipped with a 1.9 GHz Exynos 5400 and 3GB of memory, this tablet is a great choice for its price. Samsung has a great track record for quality phones, and the consumer can expect the same from its line of tablets. The price is great, but at the expense of not supporting Microsoft Office(yet). The savy student can still pick up one of the many compatible products for free.
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Apple iPad Air – $499.00
For the Apple lovers out there, an iPad Air is the most affordable option. Recently Microsoft released its entire line of Microsoft Office programs for iOS tablets, making the iPad Air a top contender for students. This tablet has a 10.1-inch display, front and rear-facing cameras, a choice of 16, 32, 64, or 128 gigabyte hard drives, and a powerful dual-core processor. There’s not much that needs to be said about Apple products that the company hasn’t proven already. Great user interfaces, unmatched quality, and ease of use make this one of the best choices for any student.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – $799.00
For those students who will need access to the entire suite available to Windows users, the $799.00 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the perfect choice. Sporting an Intel Core i3 processor, 64 gigabytes of hard drive space, and a whole ton of other options, this is perfect for anyone wanting the entire PC experience with touch screen compatibility and mobility. Taking notes is a breeze with the included stylus and a huge amount of apps ready to be downloaded.