Students prefer to use laptops over tablets

85% of US students own a notebook
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The laptop the most cherished piece of technology for students, a new AMD survey has found.

85 per cent of US students aged 18 to 26 own a laptop and say it's their device of choice for learning - ahead of smartphones and tablets.

41 per cent of students said their laptop was their most important possession, followed by their car, tablet, bicycle and TV. 73 per cent reported that they use other devices more than a TV, including laptops, to watch TV shows and videos.

More than half of students surveyed plan to buy new technology before heading back to college in the autumn and one third put a new laptop at the top of their list, beating tablets and 2-in-1s as their computing form factor of choice.

Main considerations when choosing a laptop include fast performance (40 per cent), price (26 per cent), and battery life (25 per cent), with college students also ranking mobility, security, entertainment features, and gaming capabilities as very important when selecting new technology.

"Students expect more from their computers than ever before -- they want them to be equally as good at streaming their favourite TV show as they are at crunching numbers in a math class," said Gabe Gravning, director of product marketing, Client Business Unit, AMD.

"The processor is a pivotal part of enabling these experiences and AMD APUs are a versatile solution that offer an ideal combination of productivity and entertainment performance to handle virtually all the things today's students need and want from their technology - including long battery life, industry-leading AMD Radeon graphics, and a smooth, sharp streaming video experience."

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