Going back to school to pursue a higher degree is something that all dads can now do thanks to online degrees. Going after that Doctor of Nursing Practice degree you have always wanted is now possible, even when you are working as a full-time nurse practitioner and keeping up with the kids at home.

Nursing masters programs online – and online programs in other fields or majors – are designed to be very flexible. As long as you can allocate one or two hours every day for studying, you can complete the course in a timely manner.

To make going back to school a breeze, you need the right gadgets for the job. There are some interesting options when it comes to computers for dads who want to return to school, and we are going to review them in this article.

IPad Pro

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the reason why I said “computers” rather than “laptops.” This tablet is the most powerful iPad that Apple ever made, but it is still running iOS and cannot be classified as a laptop; not yet, at least.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is perfect for several reasons. The screen is large enough for everyday use but not too large that it becomes bulky to carry around. You can have several options when it comes to adding a detachable keyboard for your iPad Pro too.

The new generation of Apple Pencil is another reason why this device is worth considering. It certainly makes taking notes and performing other tasks on the iPad easier. Besides, the new Apple Pencil will latch on to the side of your iPad Pro securely, so you can’t lose it this time.

Dell XPS 13

The Dell XPS 13 offers the perfect balance between form and performance. It is small enough to carry around, yet it is powerful enough for every task you throw at it. I highly recommend getting the XPS 13 with an 8th-generation i5 or i7 processor for great performance.

Design-wise, Dell XPS 13 is more of a refinement of the previous generation. You still get the fantastic keyboard and a responsive touchpad. You get a high-resolution screen with almost no bezel, plus the overall chassis is thin and compact enough to fit inside your bag.

A substantial improvement can be found in the location of XPS 13’s webcam; it is now positioned above the screen rather than beneath it looking up. No more embarrassing video calls where friends actually look up your nose.

Microsoft Surface Go

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is a great pick for going-back-to-school dads, but the one I’m recommending is actually the Surface Go. Yes, you only get an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y, but the 10-inch device is compact enough for every situation.

The performance of Intel Pentium Gold is more than enough for everyday tasks. You also get a touchscreen and the classic Surface Pen, so you know that the Surface Go is designed to be versatile. Even the keyboard cover is built incredibly well and is a joy to use.

The small form factor makes this device easy to carry around, but that’s not the only great thing about the Surface Go. You’ll be pleased to know that Microsoft Surface Go is available for less than $400, making it the most affordable device on our list.

Apple MacBook Air (2018)

At first glance, the newly released Apple MacBook Air (2018) doesn’t look special. It still uses a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor even though it is the 8th-generation processor this time. You still get a thin-and-light chassis that leaves virtually no room for good airflow too.

When the MacBook Air first came out, it appeared that you were better off buying a 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro instead, but the more I use the Air, the more I understand this device’s appeal. It is a MacBook Air for modern students.

Sure, a dual-core CPU is not much, but it is still more than enough for working on course assignments or checking the learning platform of universities like Baylor University with it’s nursing master’s programs online. You also get an incredibly long battery life in exchange for slightly lower performance.

Which one is for you?

The answer depends on how you want to approach your life as an online student and a working dad. If portability is what you need the most, the iPad Pro offers the perfect set of features. For an affordable option, you can’t go wrong with the Surface Go. If you are more of a traditional laptop kind of guy, then go with the XPS 13 or MacBook Air, depending on which operating system you like the most.