Northwest Tablet Review

Tablets for today’s college student have become not only trendy but a necessity for some. There has been debate on whether Northwest should invest in tablets, hybrids, or continue laptops for next year’s university computer program. In this post, I plan to go through some of the pros and cons to issuing a tablet device to college students.

There are various pros and cons to moving forward with a tablet program over a laptop program here at Northwest. Such pros include the light weight, longer lasting battery life, cheaper price, portability, and touch screen capability. The cons about a tablet program include the lack of easily accessible Ethernet connectivity (users must have an Ethernet adapter cable), no traditional keyboard for typing, lack of durability, slower processor to carry out multitasking, and a lack of a built-in DVD/CD drive. In general, most cons are bearable to the average user.

Having a laptop program provides students with the ability to play CD and DVD (handy for those courses that come with a CD-ROM to do assignments), enjoy faster processing speeds, and rely on the comfort of more durability. The cons of having a laptop program include the higher costs and weight. In short, a tablet can carry out a majority of the tasks that a laptop can accomplish. When debating which program to go with, it primarily comes down to cost and user acceptability.

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