Ink vs Type

It’s a long-running debate, like Mac versus PC, or who shot first in the cantina. When you’re looking for a new mobile gadget, you have to ask yourself, do I want a tablet or a keyboard? Another way to put it: ink or type?

It’s often a question of ink versus type, which is, of course, metaphorical. With tablets, you can “ink,” giving you interactive abilities that a keyboard just doesn’t allow. But is that a good thing for you? The popularity is certainly there: In 2016, internet usage on tablets surpassed desktop usage.

Laptops & Tablets

Laptops have long been the staple of business people wanting mobility and high-functionality. They come in many sizes with multiple tiers of power. Depending on your needs, on your budget, you can get extremely high functioning laptops or simple web-only devices. (Check out the best laptops of 2017.)

Tablets generally have less processing power, but their convenience and portability make them highly sought after. With touchscreen display, tablets let you interact more directly with the content, giving you the ability to “write” your content, with a finger or with a stylus directly on the screen.

The iPad was truly the first modern, commercially available form of the tablet, hitting the market in 2010. Soon, the market was flooded with tablets offering easy, reliable access to cloud technology and a seemingly endless array of apps.


On one end, you may find yourself shopping the MacBook Pro. This razor-thin, powerful laptop boasts up to 3.2 gigabytes of speed with 10 hours of battery life. MacBook Pro gives pretty amazing graphics and processing power, ideal for gamers and those who perform higher tasks like editing video and recording music.

Chromebooks have dominated Education, mainly for the fact that they cost less than $300 each, a barrier a Windows laptop hasn’t been able to overcome until now.  Microsoft has worked with hardware OEMs like Lenovo to bring out multiple versions of laptops from $179, all under $300, including ruggedized ones.  No more worrying about spilled milk on your laptop.  They also have laptops for less than $300 that have pen inking technology.  When students utilize pen inking versus typing on a laptop, test scores have been shown to improve over 30%.

A big complaint in the past for Windows laptops in the classroom has been the slow login time.  Microsoft and the hardware OEMs have fixed this as well with logins in less than 5 seconds.

Lastly, these laptops come with Windows 10 Pro for Education, allowing schools to have the full power of computing without the limitations of Chromebooks or iPads.

Personal Preference

Much of your choice will come down to preference. Because both offer you mobility, you have to really think about how you’ll use your new gadget. Do you need heavy computing power, lots of memory? A laptop may be your solution. Do you like the freeflow form of on-screen writing and artistry that you can only get with the interactivity of a touchscreen?

The choice is yours and the options are wide open. Whether you choose a laptop, a tablet, or some hybrid of the two, odds are it’ll be obsolete by the time you get it home.

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