As the IT Director for the department, I’m occasionally asked for my opinion about what sort of equipment (e.g. laptop, tablet) students should get. While the department makes no specific recommendations (we do not endorse any particular vendor or model of equipment), I’d like to be able to share with students something on this topic. I was wondering if any students who have laptops and/or tablets would be willing to share their experiences about what model or type of equipment works well for them, and why? This wouldn’t be a departmental recommendation, of course, but it might be useful information for students facing the question of what to buy.
So: my question to each of you is: as a Computer Science student, what sort of laptop or tablet works well for you? Why? What are the pros and cons, in your experience? Would you do anything different if you were choosing today?
IT Director, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto