It's not required to go for larger storage configurations. While a 1TB SSD would be nice to have for any student, especially one that works with media, it'll increase the price of the laptop considerably. Even a 128GB drive would be more than enough for most students, and you can always add an external drive, MicroSD card if there's a slot on the side, or replace the internal drive with a larger SSD at a later date. (You should try and buy an easily upgradeable laptop.)

There's also the consideration of Office 365 from Microsoft. Should your student gain access to the cloud suite through college or by subscribing to it themselves — some laptops even come with a subscription included — they will be able to access cloud-based storage through OneDrive. With 1TB of storage available with Office 365, there'll be more than enough space for all their files.Depending on what the student will use the laptop for, it's better to go with a 250GB SSD or a 128GB drive if you can persuade them to use other forms of storage.

Amazon and other storefronts may offer some enticing deals on laptops, but you shouldn't ignore Microsoft, HP, Dell, and other vendors who provide not only promotions of their own, but sometimes discounts for those in education. The student discount can knock a fair chunk off the price of even more premium laptops, allowing you to get more for your money.

Most students won't need an Intel Core i9 processor, 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage with a dedicated RTX 2080 GPU. These specifications sound great on paper, but you will need to pay out the big bucks for such performance, as well as a severe battery drain. A laptop with an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and 8 to 16GB of RAM will be more than enough.

You'll only really need a dedicated NVIDIA GPU if your student plans to do photo and video editing. What specs you'll need to consider will be determined by what subject they will be studying, as covered in the point below. There's also the question: will they plan on playing PC games on the laptop?Depending on what your student will be studying, their needs and requirements for a laptop will alter. Should they be going into film development, editing or some other PC-intensive task, you'll want to consider opting for better specifications than what you'd need for simple word processing and browsing the internet.

Other factors to consider would include how they will use the laptop and whether it's better to go for a more durable design. Where the student will take the device and whether battery life will be a crucial decider. Finally, what laptop do they prefer when it comes to color, design, keyboards, and other features. Do they require USB Type-C? Discuss these things with the student to get a better idea as to what they'll need.

Once you've compiled a list of laptops that would suit your student — we rounded up some solid laptops for students — it's worth checking out reviews for each notebook. This will provide a better understanding of real-world usage and any potential issues the manufacturer may fail to mention, like sub-par battery life.

For many people, their iPad isn't just a tablet -- it's their entire computer. And make no mistake, that's intentional on Apple's part. In the past few years, Apple has been campaigning for computer owners with outdated PCs to swap to an iPad for their daily needs. And for the most part, this gamble has paid off. iPads are now one of the most popular products in America, and their reach will only continue to grow as Apple adds new features.

But for those of us who already have iPads, there are a plethora of hidden tricks that make owning this magical little tablet even more fun -- no apps required.One of the biggest differences between a tablet and a traditional laptop is the lack of traditional "mouse" style controls. On a tablet, a trackpad isn't as necessary since you touch what you need on the screen itself -- but what about when you need to scroll through text and pages more precisely.

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