My dad's cousin's daughter is graduating high school this year. Unfortunately her household doesn't make very much money so we want to help pitch in for a new laptop as a graduation present. She wants to study architecture, but of course that can end up changing. I have an old Microsoft Surface 3 (non-pro) that I use with the keyboard cover and a Wacom pen for taking notes, drawing, etc. I wish I had the Surface 3 back when I was in college for taking notes, and I think something similar could benefit her. The Surface 3/4 have screens that I think would be too small for taking lots of notes and for functioning as her only laptop for writing essays and stuff. So maybe a $1,000 Surface Book? 13", 256GB, Core i5, 8GB RAM, integrated graphics, horrible self-repair score (1 out of 10 on ifixit). https://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Surface-Book-Intel-Core/dp/B016C874Z2 Or we can save even more money by getting the 128GB version at $775 and having her use a big SD card that just lives inside the card slot for storing all her movies and music and stuff. Thoughts? The Surface Book comes with the keyboard and pen, which is a big bonus. The normal Surfaces usually require the keyboard case and pen to be purchased separately.