The bad news about back to school shopping is that you have to go back to school. Bummer! The good news is that back to school time is hands down the best time to finagle a new device out of the parents — you can always give your birthday and the holidays a shot, but there’s no substitute for being able to play the practicality card. Lots of devices out there to choose from, though, so we’re here to help you out and make sure you end up being the coolest kid in class with one of these top 5 picks.
Microsoft Surface 3
The new Surface is a super affordable 2-in-1 device. Being a 2-in-1 device means that it’s a tablet when you want it and a PC when you need it. This Intel powered 2-in-1 also happens to be the thinnest and lightest Surface that Microsoft has ever made, and it’s powered by an Intel Atom x7 processor. In addition, the Surface 3 happens to have one of the best full HD displays that we have ever tested. Pricing starts at just $499 and comes with one year free of Office365.
Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13 is the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet. Really, the XPS 13 is a 13-inch laptop packed inside the body of a typical 11-inch laptop. It manages to accomplish this thanks to its virtual borderless InfinityEdge display (with optional touch) that will absolutely blow you away – we know that it certainly impressed us. It also weighs just around 2.6lbs! And when it comes to performance, the XPS 13 is a beast. To that effect, the XPS 13 is powered by an Intel Core processor. Pricing begins at $799. Check out our full review of the Dell XPS 13 here.