Here is some good advice from CIO.COM on buying tech for your college student – sentiments I completely agree with. To quote from the blog post:
About one-third of the 1,000 respondents thought a tablet was the appropriate back-to-school tool, while only about one-fifth indicated a preference for a laptop. Majority rule works for politics, but not when it comes to buying consumer technology: A laptop is what students need.
This goes double when your kids are writing term papers. Not only is the software on tablets weak compared to their laptop counterparts but even simple things such as printing from a tablet can turn into a major headache.
And before you rush out and slap down your credit card you should check for any specific requirements with the school. A good friend picked up a beautiful (and expensive) Macbook only to find that her school didn’t support anything but PCs. Not only that but more and more schools are starting to give a laptop as part of the package, so you might not even need to buy one.
For the full story check out Back to School Tech: What to Buy (and What Not to Buy) Your College Student | CIO Blogs.