College Students Great at Purchasing Technology, Poor at Researching Purchases, Survey Finds

Paul Lilly

As we approach the back-to-school shopping season, your online neighborhood Newegg store went out and commissioned a study to determine which technology devices college students are most interested in these days. Not surprisingly, the study, conducted by Wakefield Research, found that college bound students put laptops and large screen televisions high on their wish lists. What's interesting, however, is that a large number of them end up unsatisfied with their purchase.

At 92 percent, an overwhelming majority of students view a laptop as a necessity, but over a third -- 36 percent -- said they're not completely happy with the one they bought.

"While college students seem to agree that a laptop is critical for school, they may need to spend more time evaluating their options to ensure that they are purchasing the right one for their needs," Wakefield Research noted in its report.

Perhaps not by coincidence, Wakefield Research found that one in three students own an item purchased by a parent that they don't like or use, and 36 percent of them indicated that item is a laptop.

What about tablet PCs? One in four students surveyed said a tablet would help improve their grades. When pinged how they would use a tablet, 61 percent said it would be beneficial for research projects, and 60 percent indicated they would use one to read textbooks.

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