The world keeps changing, and the way we learn is no exception. We expect a continued rise in the number of learning institutions embracing online learning platforms in 2021, and beyond.

At Woz U, we know a thing or two about technology and online learning, and we’re using this knowledge to evaluate the best devices for online learning in 2021. 


A tablet can help when engaging in online learning on-the-go. For example, a classic Apple iPad, which has 128 GB storage, can handle multiple activities, and is lightweight. A mini Apple iPad also offers a platform for writing notes.

If you prefer non-Apple products, look for a tablet with a keyboard, high functionality, and the ability to open multiple folders and applications at once. In general, tablets offer portability but not larger screen sizes like desktops and laptops.


A Chromebook has hardware similar to any computer, but there are some differences in the software. An Android Chromebook is appropriate for learning because it has access to the Play Store, and it can help you gain access to different e-learning solutions. It’s also relatively cheaper than a Macbook or a laptop and it has a larger screen size than a tablet.  

Chromebooks offer limited functionality and lower processing power. So in some cases, it may be a better option to consider a Macbook or a laptop. If a Chromebook meets your needs, look for these specifications for a better experience:

  • 4GB Memory
  • Storage of 32GB
  • Built-in webcam

Microsoft Surface

The Microsoft Surface took the world by storm. It’s a 2-in-1 machine that can be used as a laptop or a tablet. The Surface Pro offers 1TB storage, Intel® Core™ mobile processor, HD camera, and 10-hours of functionality after charging (as advertised). The specs make it a good option for online learning. Microsoft Surface offers ample storage and a high resolution. On the negative side, Microsoft Surface is relatively more expensive than other devices.

HD Webcam

If you have a device that can facilitate online learning, but the in-built webcam doesn’t offer the high definition quality you desire, a plug-in webcam can provide a solution. Look for a webcam featuring a universal clip that can fit multiple devices and offers a widescreen HD video.

When choosing the best devices for online learning in 2021, consider a device suiting what you’re learning as well as the way you’ll learn. Do you need portability, large screens, resolution, or processing power? Choose what best suits your needs. And, with the holidays right around the corner, now is the best time to look for deals.

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