I have a toshiba x200 which is still allright, just had the mobo and gfx replaced under warranty. The laptop itself is from 2007, but the sli still runs games allright. Don't really use it for much anymore though.
for 95% of school stuff, tablet is better than a laptop. better battery life, lighter and thinner so it is easier to carry in the backpack, doesn't have cooling fans that need to run, and easier to play games when you get bored