As we enter back-to-school season, lots of people are looking at what computer to get for school or uni work. While the best student laptops will dominate the conversation, it’s also worth noting that there are plenty of people heading further or higher education who’ve been using iPads for most of their lives, and will be wondering whether an iPad would be a smarter buy for students actually.

It’s a good question – the iPad is flexible in some ways that even touchscreen laptops  can’t match, after all. But the opposite is true also, and there ways that traditional laptops can be more open, especially for students who might change their interests while they study.