Productivity on the go: What device is right for you?

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - June 8th, 2015
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The great thing about modern technology is that most portable devices are now light, powerful and durable. Basically, it's not much trouble to take a laptop or tablet with you wherever you go.

For those who like to get work done on the go, however, whether this is touching up a report for work or university or even just doing some extra research, it's a good idea to find the right device. Now more than ever before you're spoilt for choice, so lets take a look (in no particular order) at some options out there:

MacBook Air

One of the most refined laptops on the market, the sleek and powerful MacBook Air is one of the best options if you want a computer that can be carried in a bag everyday. It's so light you'll hardly notice it's there, and powerful enough to handle most applications outside of heavy video editing or 3D modelling.

It's also got a great keyboard and trackpad, although you will find better screen resolutions on other devices.

Surface Pro 3

Second on our list is the Surface Pro 3, admittedly a stranger device. It's what's called a hybrid - it combines the benefits of a laptop and tablet. The specifications are powerful, and like the MacBook Air it can handle most applications.

The real benefits lie with the design, however. It's got a kickstand to make propping it up easy, and a detachable keyboard if you're not typing. It also includes a touch screen and a high-resolution display.

Chromebook

There are a large number of Chromebooks available, but on the whole they're light, portable little laptops with great battery life and decent specifications.

One model that really stands out is the Acer Premium Chromebook C720P​, with an excellent processor, RAM and battery life.

It's a great device if you use Google apps like Gmail, Drive, Keep and YouTube.

So what device should you choose? It all comes down to usage.

If you you're after a laptop that has unbeatable build quality and great specifications, you can't go wrong with a MacBook Air. While it includes OS X you can also install Windows if you want to.

For people who want a tablet and laptop in one device, the Surface Pro 3 is a great option. You also get a stylus that makes it easy to draw and take handwritten notes.

Finally, the Chromebook should be considered if you want excellent Google support in a small form factor.

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