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The tech website Ars Technica, in collaboration with The Wirecutter (a great source of “the best of the best” reviews) have a great article last year about The Best Budget Laptop You Can Buy.

The key word in the title is budget. Budget implies compromise. So finding the best value is all about finding the best combination of compromises that can still complete the tasks that need to be done.

I won’t spoil it for you, but the answer they come up with raises some interesting questions. The best for whom? The best for what tasks?

Mobile devices in the classroom deal with a slightly different set of compromises than those of the average consumer. Questions of durability, longevity, ease of use, and management come into play when deciding on what to bring into a classroom.

So here is my question to you hard working teachers out there: What do you look for in mobile devices? What has worked for you or not worked for you over the last few years? In what ways does your school’s surrounding community play a part in your decision-making?

When do you choose quantity over specs and features (Chromebook!). When do you lean towards the cutting edge (Surface Pro 2 and 3) and when do you split the difference (Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2)?

Please feel free to sound off in the comments! Thanks for reading!