Originally Posted by Fanaticide
What do you think about getting a Surface RT with a Type Cover? I tried the Type keyboard at Best Buy yesterday, I didn't mind it. I have a Mechanical keyboard + my desktop for long programming sessions but this semester I only have two math classes then a few others not related to CS directly. Or do you think at that $500 range I'd be better off getting a cheaper laptop?
If you like the type cover, then this could be a good option. Some students really like this sort of setup because they can take notes using a stylus (or their fingers). This might be good in a math class where typing out equations is often more difficult then writing them down. And if the keyboard doesn't bother you, you might get some mileage out of this.
Still, it's ARM and I'm pretty sure (not positive though) that there's not really any way to develop software on it, unless you use some cloud solution. This might be a big problem if you want to use it at all for your CS.
If you want something you can do any
programming on, I would recommend a low end laptop over the Surface RT.