The new academic year is just around the corner! Are you going back to school from September and are you in doubt between a Chromebook or a tablet? We tell you what the best option is for students.
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Chromebook or tablet for students?
As a student, you naturally need a good computer to do your work. But the term ‘computer’ is much broader today than it used to be. A laptop is often relatively expensive, while you may also be able to get along with a Chromebook or tablet.
Are you in doubt between these two devices? We help you on your way with your choice. Please note: if you need specialized software for your studies, chances are you won’t be able to install it on a Chromebook or tablet.
1. What are you going to do with it?
One study is not the other. Do you have to do a lot of typing and online research? Then a Chromebook is probably the right option. They are very similar to a laptop and unlike tablets have a built-in keyboard.
Chrome OS is a fine operating system that is fully integrated with Google’s services. In addition, the screen of a Chromebook is, on average, larger than that of a tablet.
You do need a constant internet connection. Your files are stored in the cloud and you download apps from the Play Store. No Chromebook without internet, it’s that simple. The same, of course, applies to many tablets, although you can expand the internal storage on some models with a micro SD card. This allows you to create a large ‘hard drive’ to store your files.
Tablets have the advantage that they are even more compact and lighter. So you can easily take them with you. In addition, they have a touchscreen as standard, which only applies to the more expensive variants with Chromebooks. That makes them more suitable for quickly looking something up.
If you’re doing a creative study, you’re probably better off with a tablet anyway. A stylus is available for many models, which you can use to sketch or take notes during lectures. You can often also purchase a separate keyboard, so that you can still tap on it.
2. How much computing power do you need?
Chromebooks often run fast because of the lightweight operating system, but they aren’t powerhouses. You can forget about playing demanding games and you can often not even install heavy software. The latter also applies to tablets, although there are coming for Apples iPad more and more professional packages such as Photoshop are available.
If you want to dig a little deeper into your pocket, you can now buy very powerful tablets. In addition to the iPad Pro you can think of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 series. On it you can play games or edit your photos in your free hours.
A Microsoft Surface is also an option. You can also simply install Windows software on it. These devices work better as a laptop (when you hang a keyboard on it) than as a tablet.
3. What is your budget?
Although there are now more expensive models, Chromebooks are still known for their relatively low price. For around 250 euros you already have a 14-inch model that is suitable for everyday tasks such as word processing, e-mailing and surfing. Watching Netflix is also fine on such a device. If you have a smaller budget, such a Chromebook is probably the best choice.
Some Android tablets are even cheaper, but then you have a smaller screen of around 10 inches. That will be too tight for many people to sit behind for a long time and you also have to buy a separate keyboard. If you want a tablet with a screen of 12 inches or larger, you often lose at least 700 euros.
Conclusion: Chromebook or tablet for students?
The choice between a Chromebook or tablet is not easy. If you’re looking for an affordable laptop and take the limitations for granted, you can do just fine with a Chromebook. That is our recommendation for the small wallet.
In most cases, a tablet is more expensive, especially because you almost always have to buy a keyboard. You do get a more versatile device that is also ideal for relaxation. Plus, they’re typically a lot faster than Chromebooks.
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