Which laptop to buy daughter for college?
Hello, I need some help figuring out what to get my daughter for college. She'll be a music composition major and also getting at least a minor in business.
Recently she had to audition for a scholarship which meant presenting her work. She gave the judges printed scores, but also had to figure out the best way to let the judges see/hear the works. One was a piece for a ballet so she wanted them to see and hear that one. One was a live performance of someone singing an art song so she wanted them to see and hear that one too. And one was just a recorded piano piece, not video.
She borrowed a friend's tablet and presented the pieces that way. It was really effective. The judges could see everything well and the sound was good without having to have an external speaker. If there had been a bunch of judges or an audience she would have needed a projector and speakers, but they were close together so it worked well.
She's about to leave for college, and I think this kind of small group setting is going to happen a lot such as in weekly composer forums, and when she has to present her work to pass juries every semester.
At the same time she needs a laptop that can do all the other things she'll need to do such as English papers and such. She doesn't want a tablet, but if there was a laptop that was sort of like a tablet but also had a keyboard (maybe one that can either fold away or be removed?) and had the power and storage of a regular laptop that would be great. I could see her using it with the keyboard for a lot of things, but for presenting, I could see her using it more like a tablet.
I'm not that familiar with what's on the market these days. I'm still using a very very old laptop and it's fine for me. But I'd hate to carry this around. I am hoping there are some good choices that aren't that heavy.
For her actual intense composition work she's got her studio set-up which she really won't be able to bring to campus until the second year when she has a student apartment and there is more room than a dorm.