Tablet PCs: Pros and Cons of the Laptop Rival
Because of continuously improving mobile technology - including handwriting recognition, speech recognition, thin and light components and improved battery life - Tablet PCs have become a viable option when deciding which mobile PC is right for you. Tablet PCs are undoubtedly a head-turner, but do they have the features you need to be more productive when compared to a laptop? For many people, this is subjective and a matter of personal preference. However, there are distinct advantages both platforms have depending what you are looking to do with your mobile PC. This article will explain some of these advantages so you may make a more informed decision on your mobile computing needs.
Students or those with careers in fields that require frequent note writing, such as medical, construction, research or digital illustration, can definitely benefit from a Tablet PC. Essentially, if anything you do on a day-to-day basis requires a lot of handwriting or sketching you should at least consider a tablet PC. Below are a few advantages of purchasing a Tablet PC:
Even with the technological advancements that have gone into Tablet PCs, they are still, for the most part, not as powerful or full of features as their laptop cousins. To achieve a smaller form factor, lighter weight and longer battery life, many of the higher-end features or power hungry hardware options found in a laptop are intentionally left out of most Tablet PCs. If you're looking for a desktop replacement, powerful media/graphics hub or high-end processing machine, you're not going to find it in almost any Tablet PC. However, performance continues to improve on Tablet PCs and hopefully in the near future these mobile PCs will at least rival the feature set of a comparably priced laptop. That is because currently, Tablet PCs are always more expensive than a similarly configured laptop. What other factors should you consider when making your decision? Below are some disadvantages of Tablets:
Different Types of Tablet PCs
If you decide to purchase a Tablet PC, you have 2 primary options to choose from. Here is a simple explanation of each type:
Slates are Tablet PCs that comprise of a screen and a pen. There is no integrated keyboard, making them similar to PDAs in design. An optional keyboard can be added through means of a wireless or USB connection.
Convertibles are Tablet PCs with a base body and a keyboard. Typically, the base attaches to the display at a single joint that rotates 180° right to left and folds 180° back and forth. This allows you to use the Tablet PC either as a slate or a more familiar laptop configuration when needed.
If all of the above still has you "on the fence" of which mobile PC to buy, making a decision may come down to three basic factors: hardware requirements, range of use, and accessibility. Choosing a mobile PC should reflect your needs as a user, and may simply come down to personal preference.
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