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Here are a few things to look for when you're buying a laptop for your student.
Consider a hybrid or 2-in-1 to get the benefits of a keyboard and the flexibility of a tablet for drawing or taking notes.
Make sure it's portable, thin, and preferably under three pounds if it's going to carried around al day.
This will affect screen size and battery life, so a 13 inch display is a good compromise for most tasks.
Students editing video or photos might want a 15 inch display.
You'll want at least eight to nine hours of battery life to last the whole day, so make sure to check out C-Net's battery performance list that's updated when new models hit the market.
Many new laptops are moving towards USB ports that carry data and power.
If you want to connect other devices like an external hard drive or monitor, you'll probably need an adapter.
Choosing a Mac or WIndows machine ultimately comes down to the style of laptop you want and how much you want to spend.
Crayon books are another option and new models also run Android apps.
In San Fransisco I'm Lexy Savvides with cnet.