It’s that time again when we are overwhelmed with questions about what to buy for the new school year, or maybe you need some new technology devices for yourself. I have learned over the years when purchasing equipment for my family, or myself to check with another knowledge base other than my own :). I am a fan of searching the www for ideas on what’s new according to some of the experts: students and New York Times Personal Tech, Brian X. Chen. This is a summary of what I learned: MacBook Pro is preferred for use with a traditional keyboard and Google Docs/Google Presentations. These apps are available through the web.
For students who have digitized textbooks a tablet may be preferred. Tablets are easier to use for reading. In addition, Microsoft Excel and Word is used with these Tablets.
The type of devices to buy may also depend on the student’s field of study. Science students may best be served with a laptop, which can handle multitasking more efficiently.
Design and liberal arts students may find tablets a better ‘fit’ for their field of study.
Here are some suggestions for equipment: $899 Mac Book Air. Tablets: $599 iPad Pro, $499 Microsoft Surface 3. As for SmartPhones, checkout Apple iPhone 6s, or Samsung Galaxy S7. Take note Apple could release a new iPhone soon. And, do not forget to buy a battery pack. Suggestion: $20 Anker’s PowerCore Slim 5000.
There are many more suggestions in this article you may want to check, such as Audio Accessories, and Coffee/Food gadgets for your college students. Source: Off to College? Maybe These Devices Should Go Along – The New York Times