My grand daughter is a second year undergraduate at UCL. She needs a laptop for essays, music!, internet etc. She also has a scanner / printer in her room to save going to the Uni facility. However true laptops are a bit heavy to lug around. She now has a Samsung 8.5 in Pro tablet with a keyboard that has software compatible wit word, which she uses in the Uni or other libraries, using Dropbox to transfer. The issue you need to decide is the size of hard drive required, as the lighter weight PC's are moving to SSD - robust physically, but few are more than 256 Gig, and a virus in a SSD is tricky to remove..
Mac books are attractive but expensive and so thin as to be fragile - a new screen could cost £400 vs a laptop screen at less than £100.
- How much space do you need? 2. What screen size? 3. Would you consider 2 machines such as the above? 4. What type of work will you be doing - clearly Photoshop or video editing need a better screen than day to day word processing. Do budget for at least one back up HD - so many people lose their data.
Do come back so we van suggest ideas.