Is That a Tablet or a Laptop

May 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Tablet PC

Is That a Tablet or a Laptop?

Many people are attracted by the idea of having a tablet computer. They are slim and portable, and the touch screen makes for an innovative interface. Because of their size they make ideal eBook readers, or small screens to watch videos or browse the web whilst on the go.

But what about typing? With only a touch screen, there is no physical feedback and that can make it difficult to type, especially when the device is new to you. On resistive touch screens there can also be problems with responsiveness. A traditional netbook by comparison has a keyboard, and this can make typing far easier. Yet reading a book is not so easy because you have to use the device in an open position, just like a laptop.

A convertible tablet from ASUS may be the answer. The ASUS Eee PC T101MT-EU27-BK is a 10.1 inch netbook with a multi-touch capable screen that can be turned around and laid flat. Reversed like this, it becomes a thick tablet computer.

It remains lightweight and highly portable. The main difference is that when you actually need to do a large amount of typing, you can turn the screen around and lift it up to access the netbook sized keyboard, with the side benefit that the screen remains uncluttered by the on screen keyboard that many tablet computers rely upon.

The Intel Atom N445 is more than capable of powering this small computer, and there is 1GB of memory-sufficient for Windows 7 Home Starter which is what comes pre-installed. There is a large hard drive for a machine of this size, at 250GB it has plenty of storage. A 0.3 megapixel web cam enables video chats through programs such as MSN.

On the down side, this computer comes with only Windows 7 Home Starter. This edition of Windows 7 does not support the multi-touch functionality that the computer is capable of. For that you will need to upgrade to the Home Premium edition, which is not going to run well on the 1GB of memory the computer comes with.

This means that you will also need to upgrade the memory to 2GB, in order to install the upgraded version of Windows. Obviously this will increase the overall price of your computer, but it will also improve the performance, enable an amazing feature and bring many other functions that the pre-installed operating system does not have.

As a Windows capable PC there is plenty of software available, including office suites such as Microsoft Office or Open Office. Battery life will differ depending upon the programs that you are running on your machine, with videos normally using far more power than word processing or simple internet browsing. With gentle use this computer should achieve six and a half hours of use.

The price tag on this computer is more than reasonable, making this computer not only feature packed and flexible but affordable too. All around, this is a good choice for those who cannot decide between a netbook or a tablet computer.

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Buying a Tablet

May 20, 2011 by  
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