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    Which of these devices would be better? I'm going to study a chemistry degree, so there'll be a lot of maths and physics, along with a lot of organic chemistry. Naturally, I feel like the apple pencil and digital note taking would be more intuitive with these topics, but I'm worried I might not have access to some potential software in the future due to not having Mac OS/Windows. Anyone shed light?
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    (Original post by Kyber Ninja)
    Which of these devices would be better? I'm going to study a chemistry degree, so there'll be a lot of maths and physics, along with a lot of organic chemistry. Naturally, I feel like the apple pencil and digital note taking would be more intuitive with these topics, but I'm worried I might not have access to some potential software in the future due to not having Mac OS/Windows. Anyone shed light?
    Do you currently have a laptop and would you be bringing it as well?
    Using an apple pencil is a nice idea but it's not really suitable for writing quick lecture notes. Far easier to just scribble down on paper but it's up to you and how good you are with it. If you already have an iPad then I'd say yeah give it a go but in my opinion it would be a waste of money to buy one specifically for uni. iPads are great for on the go and really good for reading pdfs of papers/books but they're not that practical for long term use. They're generally quite limiting and you'll probably find yourself having to use uni computers for various programs and websites.
    Go for a laptop.
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    neither apple is overpriced garbage
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    (Original post by blawan)
    Do you currently have a laptop and would you be bringing it as well?
    Using an apple pencil is a nice idea but it's not really suitable for writing quick lecture notes. Far easier to just scribble down on paper but it's up to you and how good you are with it. If you already have an iPad then I'd say yeah give it a go but in my opinion it would be a waste of money to buy one specifically for uni. iPads are great for on the go and really good for reading pdfs of papers/books but they're not that practical for long term use. They're generally quite limiting and you'll probably find yourself having to use uni computers for various programs and websites.
    Go for a laptop.
    Yeah, I already have a laptop.

    It seemed convenient for the maths and organic, but it also means I wouldn't be able to use MATLAB or the NMR software so guess I'll be saving money at least
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    Look seriously at the Microsoft Surface Pro which has a more complete laptop feel and works out cheaper than the iPad. It works really well with OneNote which is good with a pen in lectures. It is also easy to link to a separate keyboard and monitor when you are back in your room.
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    (Original post by strandsfinest)
    Look seriously at the Microsoft Surface Pro which has a more complete laptop feel and works out cheaper than the iPad. It works really well with OneNote which is good with a pen in lectures. It is also easy to link to a separate keyboard and monitor when you are back in your room.
    The surface pro is definitely more expensive than an iPad Pro 12.9. It'd be my go to, but it's like £1250
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    (Original post by Kyber Ninja)
    Yeah, I already have a laptop.

    It seemed convenient for the maths and organic, but it also means I wouldn't be able to use MATLAB or the NMR software so guess I'll be saving money at least
    Yeah I agree it'd be good if you like to type your notes from lectures and want to insert diagrams and quick scribbles. But I don't think you need to spend so much for that.
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    The surface pro is definitely more expensive than an iPad Pro 12.9. It'd be my go to, but it's like £1250
    you can get discounts as students
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    you can get discounts as students
    How significant are they? Are they valid currently?
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    It is really easy to get a discount as a student. They even show the price on the Microsoft website. The cheapest 2017 Microsoft Pro costs £719.00 with a student discount on their site as opposed to the full price £799.00. An i5 is probably a better bet though, and the cheapest one at the moment is on their site at £881.00 with discount, £979 without. You have to pay extra for the pen and keyboard which is a pain. In the past, I've picked them up second hand. There is loads on YouTube showing people using the Microsoft Pro for their notes and it works best if you can pre-load the lecture notes and then write on them as you learn and revise.
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    (Original post by strandsfinest)
    It is really easy to get a discount as a student. They even show the price on the Microsoft website. The cheapest 2017 Microsoft Pro costs £719.00 with a student discount on their site as opposed to the full price £799.00. An i5 is probably a better bet though, and the cheapest one at the moment is on their site at £881.00 with discount, £979 without. You have to pay extra for the pen and keyboard which is a pain. In the past, I've picked them up second hand. There is loads on YouTube showing people using the Microsoft Pro for their notes and it works best if you can pre-load the lecture notes and then write on them as you learn and revise.
    Thanks.

    Gonna have to wait until I get student ID/email to get the discount, but will keep it in mind
 
 
 
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