so I cant decide what kind of computer to get when I go to school. I'm debating between a Surface Book with an i7, 8 gigs of RAM, and 256 SSD, which will run me roughly 1900$. or an Alienware 15 with an i7, Nvidia 970M, 256 SSD, plus a 1TB hard drive, 16 gigs of ram and a 4K screen for the same price. I love how I can use a stylus on the surface book plus it can run medium games, but yet for the same price I can get a full fledged gaming laptop. (in the near future I plan on spending about 2200$ for a gaming desktop). Should I spend that money on something that will get me more or something that will be easier for taking notes and portability for school? I am going in to college as an engineering student so I need something with power.
Well, the Surface Book should come in real handy for taking notes in class. All Surface devices come with One Note which basically allows you to record lectures (audio only) and the notes you write. It can be a useful tool for reviewing the notes you write (and charts as well) while listening to lecture. One Note has an index feature from a demo video that I saw so that if you were to click on a specific note you wrote down you will also hear the part of the lecture during which you wrote down the note.
Perhaps a compromise could be buying a refurbished Surface Pro 3 for $740 + $108 for the type cover to takes notes with and a decent gaming laptop like the Dell Inspiron 7559 with a Core i7-6700HQ, GTX 960m and 1080p screen for $836. That works out to $1,688 and you will get one device that is dedicated to taking class notes and another to play games and run whatever engineering programs that you need to use.