Friday, 27 April 2012

Why your next laptop should be a tablet

Why your next laptop should be a tablet

Tablet computers continue to fly off the shelves. And we’re not in the least bit surprised. Tablets are light, portable, great for surfing the web, and in most cases cost less than a PC or laptop. Here we make the case for ditching the latter in favour of the latest tablet computers.


The very best tablet computers measure just 10-inches across and are just millimetres in width. Some are even smaller, and lighter. And don’t need a bag to transport them. Tablets can be carried in the hand just like a writers notebook. If you want to browse the web, and still travel light, tablet computers are the way forward.

Optional keyboard functionality

For that tactile feel some now feature keyboard accessories and docks. A keyboard dock for the Apple iPad has been available from the original launch. Meanwhile Asus has been leading the way with its Transformer Prime range of powerful and affordable tablets capable of transforming into a laptop. The most recent launch: the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T starts from just £399 complete with keyboard attachment.This kind of convergence means tablet and laptop fans can enjoy the best of both worlds, and still get work done.

Gaming on-the-go

Tablet computers aren’t quite ready to run Battlefield 3 at full specs,but for an alternative to handheld consoles such as the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS look no further than an Android or iOS tablet. Both are able to take advantage of thousands of games. Some of the best, such as Angry Birds and Hero Academy for Android and iOS are even free to play. Now console quality games are appearing on tablets: Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Street Fighter and more are already available to download on tablets.

Better battery life

When it comes to battery life, some of todays tablets are more efficient. Say you were thinking of picking up an Apple MacBook Pro. It has a 7-hour battery life. In comparison the new iPad will give you up to 10 hours.

Television on-demand

TV on-demand applications thrive on the desktop and laptop, but on the tablet they really spring to life, letting you watch from the sofa, bedroom or anywhere else in total comfort, without having to remain sat at a desk or in front of a television set.

These are just some of our favourite reasons to purchase a tablet over a laptop. Do you have any of your own to share?

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