I'm in college, and my laptop just died on me. I'm thinking of either: Great config custom PC from logicalincrements.com + Nexus 7/iPad Mini 11" MBA i5/8/256GB + cheap external monitor Well I'm in Mechanical Engineering, and coding work starts after the 3rd year. I do still feel like the MBA would be more suitable(able to do full computing on the go is really convenient), however I can't ignore my desire to game(which I do regularly). Using an Apple Wireless keyboard with a tablet would look really silly, plus I had such a keyboard with my prior iPad(gave it to my mum, so there's that). Also, my room is hot as hell all year round, sweat runs down my back all day long. I recall doing most of the paper writing and circuit simulations either in my room or somewhere in the house(before my HDD died). My university's tech lab only house super old workstations(i3, 2GB RAM). I only check WolframAlpha and review past year questions on my laptop in the library while doing psets with paper and pen. And then there's the price factor. The MBA would obviously be the more expensive choice, and the price difference could be put to use. Just sayin. Which would be a better choice?