As we all get ready for the start of the new school year in the coming weeks, many parents (and students) are getting ready to buy their back-to-school materials and technology, and a new laptop is increasingly a part of that decision, especially for those who are about to start a new level of schooling, whether high school or university.

I’m entering the last semester of a graduate program, and in the many years I’ve been in school over the past decade, acquiring undergraduate and graduate degrees, I’ve also purchased a lot of technology along the way, from graphing calculators to calculus (actually the same calculus class I kept failing miserably) to laptops for general and computer science courses.