Every student needs their own computer these days. They are very handy for lecture notes, essays, term papers and general research. They can also be good fun for a bit of recreation when studying is over with for the night.
Laptops have been the go to device for students for the last five years or so - but now more and more students are using tablet computers.
Tablets are easy to use and lighter than laptops - but laptops are easier to connect to peripherals. Both types have their good points and bad points.