Tablets in education: Which one should you choose?

Since the launch of Windows 8, a wide range of tablet and hybrid devices are now available, but which one is right for you? Whether you are a student, educator or a member of the senior management team, there is now a touch enabled device to suit almost every need.

For example, Seton Hall University decided to provide new students with Windows 8 tablets with Intel Core processors and notebooks using Windows 8 Enterprise. These students need devices that have great mobility, while still running a variety of desktop apps and workloads that vary greatly across the student body. To ensure the safety and security of their network, they also needed full manageability and an overview of the their project is presented in the video below.

There are, however, a number of different options to choose from, such as Windows RT devices, but before you choose you really need to think about what you want from the device and how/where you are going to use it.

With this in mind, to help guide you through the process of finding the best device type for your needs, the following table presents the core characteristics of the three categories (based on its processor) currently available. All 3 have different capabilities.


So with varying criteria that can influence your decision, the following list, in addition to the table above, will hopefully help you make the most informed decision.

  • Mobility - Atom/RT
  • Workloads - Intel Core
  • Apps - Intel Core/Atom
  • Always on - Atom/RT
  • Access Corp Network - Intel Core/Atom
  • Manageability - Intel Core/Atom

If you need any additional guidance, just post a question in the comments below and we will be happy to help.

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