If we move back to a laptop it gets better.

Just today I was admiring this Samsung. It's really nice.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083S3MT2/

It starts in 20 seconds and is a great size for students. It's currently 799.

Since you didn't share what the tablet offered and there's too much downside for the apps given, back to laptops I fear.

And before someone tries to sell you on the Transformer you may want to take note about Moto's exit from the Motorola Droid Bionic Lapdock. Can't find the link but while interesting I know of no users of this or the Transformer.

Bob