Tablet PCs and Students, a Growing Trend

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It’s back to school season and with notebook sales on the rise and Tablet PCs becoming more popular, students are starting to research the benefits of buying a Tablet PC. Although they cost more than your standard notebook, they have features that come in handy for college students. Having an ultraportable notebook on that first day of class is always important, especially if you have one of the newest machines. Trust me some of these tablets will have heads turning.

HP 2710p (view large image)

Gateway C-140x (view large image)

Lenovo X61 (view large image)

Fujitsu T4220 (view large image)


Some college programs require students to own a Tablet PC. These are mostly the engineering and nursing programs, but they are moving into other fields. Even some high schools are requiring Tablet PCs. They have been a huge improvement for the education industry. Gateway plays a big part in the education sector with their tablets including the E-155C and the newly released E-295C/C-140x, which has been a hot topic of discussion in our forums.

Lenovo also participates in the education sector and gives great discounts for students and for the back to school season. I know from reading through our Lenovo and Fujitsu forums many students have chosen the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 or the Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 as their back to school tablet.

The HP tx1000 and 2710p are good contenders and so is the newly released Gateway C-140x I mentioned above. The Dell Latitude XT has been raising some eyebrows as well. All these newly released tablets run on the Santa Rosa platform and contain the newest Core 2 Duo processors. As for your RAM and hard drive options they can usually be customized to your liking.

Tablet PCs offer more functionality for students, with all the software available for note-taking and organization. You can run GoBinder or OneNote for taking notes. There also are programs for art and design like ArtRage and PhatSketch. These programs let students take notes and save them electronically, draw diagrams and sketches. Windows Vista even helps because the handwriting recognition tools are great. The form factor is beneficial too, since the screen turns and folds flat over the keyboard, giving presentations is a breeze.

Some tablets are even touchscreens, so you can use your fingertip, pen and keyboard for input. Most gaming features are lost, but besides that you pretty much get the same thing as with a notebook. Just think your tablet could save you all the hassle of carrying around different notebooks and folders for classes, all you would need is it. Average prices for a standard Tablet PC start around $1,200-$1,400.

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