Last updated on February 15th, 2020 at 05:39 pm

While laptops still certainly have a place with college students, many college students are opting for tablets. Modern technology and continuous innovation have made it possible for these mini computers to offer the same functionality as most laptops. Most tablets have been designed for general everyday use, but some have been optimized and are capable of being the only computer a student needs on and off campus. Liked for their simplicity, small size, design, screen quality and long battery life it is easy to see why tablets are now on most students’ wish lists.

Not all tablets can be able to support a student need. There are many tablet options flooding the market today, and it is very easy to be overwhelmed by the decision-making process. The best tablets for students should offer versatility and encapsulate some of the previously mentioned factors such as battery life in their functionality. In this guide, we recommend a couple of great buys for students based on functionality and the all-important pricing which can help you reach a final verdict.

1. iPad Pro 10.5

iPad Pro 10.5 – Brilliant Colors
iPad Pro 10.5 – Back Front
iPad Pro 10.5 – Color Choices
iPad Pro 10.5 – Main
iPad Pro 10.5 – Camera


Released in June 2017, the iPad Pro 10.5 is a recent addition to the apple family and is at the top of our tablet list for students seeking to purchase or simply upgrade their tablet.


This tablet has all the high-end specifications and has standout features that allow a great balance between entertainment and efficiency. Unlike other ordinary tablets, the iPad Pro tablet weighs less than 500 grams and comes with the iOS 11 onboard, 4GB ram, an internal storage space of up to 512 GB. Other specifications include the A10X fusion processor, an 8134 mAh battery, rear and front cameras that have 12 and 7 megapixels respectively. The processor, storage capacity combined with its apple pencil and keyboard compatibility a feature that makes it great for note taking in classrooms is one of the reasons why the iPad Pro 10.5 is easily the most suitable laptop replacement option and the one of the best tablets in the market. Its functionality, speed and ability to perform tasks cannot be understated.


Stunning as this machine is, the price borders on tears and particularly for students may require some proper effort in saving towards purchasing it.

2. Asus Transformer Mini 10.1”

ASUS 10.1” Transformer Mini T103HA-D4-GR Main
ASUS 10.1” Transformer Mini T103HA-D4-GR Dimension
ASUS 10.1” Transformer Mini T103HA-D4-GR Hinge Design
ASUS 10.1” Transformer Mini T103HA-D4-GR Ultra Slim Support
ASUS 10.1” Transformer Mini T103HA-D4-GR Pen Writing


Asus describes the transformer mini 10.1” as two amazing devices in one. This speaks to its convertible feature that enables it to work not only as a laptop but as a tablet too.


The Asus transformer mini is at the top of our must-have tablet for the simple fact that you can have a tablet by simply adjusting the angle of display or detaching the keyboard. With a compact form and sturdy design, the laptop/tablet is a global best-seller and has specifications that are well suited for student life. It brags the latest Intel Atom Quad x5-Z8350 Processor, 4GB RAM, 63GB/128GB of SSD storage. These are features that allow for reliable file storage and make it fast and efficient for working and multitasking.

As a student being able to work on the go is extremely important, and the transformer mini makes it easy to do so. Built from magnesium-aluminum alloy, it’s weighs less-than-800g making it easily portable and has up to 11 hours of battery life which means it does not compromise on productivity. It also supports all the features of Windows 10.

The fingerprint sensor allows you to secure the device and protect yourself from unwanted access. It also comes with a pen that supports handwriting and will enable you to easily take notes and jotting down thoughts on the fly. It also makes editing of images and documents easy.

Its price point is a plus for most college students as it is quite reasonably priced.


Some of the drawbacks of the Transformer mini is that the stylus requires an AAAA battery which is not included in the package. And some users complained about its performance capabilities.

3. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – Main
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – Close
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – Pen
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – SD Port
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – USB Port


Yet another convertible laptop/ tablet, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is undefeated where features and price is concerned.


Since its establishment, the surface pro 4 has been a forerunner in the convertible arena, making it arguably one of the best tablets for college students. Its convertibility, powerful specs and ability to run on the full-blown version of Windows 10 are the reason why the Microsoft pro 4 is included in our guide list.

Powered by a 2.2 GHz Intel Core M processor and backed by a 4GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage memory, the device is extremely beneficial for college students because it allows for multi-tasking. The OS is not only productive but is also compatible with a good number of apps and devices used by college students. The invention brags a 12.3-inch display with a 2736 x 1824 resolution. The screen has high contrast and low glare which means students can be able to use the screen to read and stream videos on the screen for longer durations without having to worry about the effects that it could have on their eyes.

The Surface Pro comes with a stylus pen that relies on the N-trig technology and supports 1,024 points of pressure sensitivity. You can easily and effectively jot down notes quickly while in class and not miss a beat. It also includes an external keyboard that facilitates the laptop to tablet transition and can be purchased at an extra cost. Finally, its battery can withstand up to 9 hours of continuous use with just a single charge.

At its price point, you will not have to do scutwork or take on extra shifts to be able to afford the Surface Pro 4. The price point goes even depending on the processor that you pick. If you want more raw power, then the Core i5 and i7 would be the processors that you would ideally go for.


The fact that the type cover keyboard has to be purchased separately is something that most users do not appreciate.

Final Thoughts

Students needs vary, and while some students may prefer laptops, tablets can very easily function in the same capacity if not better. The most significant thing to remember when selecting a tablet is that you should pick one that matches your need and budget.

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