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Chime in: What's the best Surface for a college student?

Microsoft's Surface family has grown rapidly in recent years, with a range of devices now on the market. While the traditional Surface Pro remains a staple of the premium hardware line, the Surface, Surface Book and Surface Laptop all deliver portable experiences in differing form factors.

However, with a premium design comes a matching price tag, making Surface devices hard to justify for some users. Although well-rounded solutions for those on the go, with some portable Surface devices priced over $3000, they're not for those on a budget.

A discussion recently kicked off on the Windows Central forums, with one college student curious whether a Surface device is right for him.

Hey guys! I'm a college student looking to buy a good product that I can easily load and read my textbooks from. Do I need to drop the large amount of cash for a pro to be able to efficiently do this? Or will the atom processor handle this just fine? Basically just looking for some pro's and con's to help me make a decision. Thanks!

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But we want to hear from you. What's your recommended Surface device for students? If not a Surface, we device do you recommend from other manufacturers? Make sure to jump into the forum thread below and share your thoughts with the community.

From the forums: Surface Pro or Surface tablet?

Matt Brown is a senior editor at Future for Windows Central. Following six years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Xbox and Windows PCs. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.