Ask Techland: iPad with a Keyboard or MacBook Air for an Adult Student?


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“Could I ask your advice about buying an iPad? I want to get one for my husband as a gift — mostly I was swayed by the fact that you can get that little keyboard and then you wouldn’t have to lug around a laptop (my husband’s a student). So do you think it’s worth it to get an iPad with all the bells and whistles, rather than, say, getting a MacBook Air?”

Doug Responds:

Great question. When I was a college student between 1997 and 2001, I tried every which way to take digital notes without lugging a laptop around everywhere. They were heavy and had laughable battery life back then. I would have been a good iPad-plus-keyboard candidate, but due to how the pesky fourth dimension known as “time”…

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