A tablet PC is a laptop or slate-formed mobile computer that is outfitted with a touchscreen or screen that can be controlled with a digital pen or stylus, or via finger touch. A tablet PC does not require a keyboard or mouse. End-users can directly key in data on a tablet PC. It also offers greater mobility than a conventional laptop.
Types of Tablet PCs
There are different types of table PCs available in the market today, based on industry and consumer requirements. The different tablet PC form factors are:
Slate Tablet PC
Slate tablet PCs are similar in appearance to a writing slate, and do not have keyboards attached with them. Users input data through handwriting recognition, stylus and finger touch. External keyboards can be connected to them either through USB or through wireless connectivity. Slate tablet PCs are mostly deployed in industries that require a lot of mobility or involve working in harsh conditions. Such industries include manufacturing, health care, field work related industries, education and so on. Such tablet PCs are built to withstand extreme physical conditions such as heat, humidity and also to be capable of withstanding any impact or damage from accidental dropping or intense movement.
Convertible Tablet PC
Convertible tablet PCs are similar to conventional laptops except for the fact that the display screen is attached to the base of the computer at a single junction; this allows for the screen to be rotated at 180°, and be placed on top of the keyboard. This allows for a flat writing plane. Convertible tablet PCs are the most widely used type of tablet PCs as they offer the dual advantage of using both a conventional keyboard and a digital pen or stylus.
Booklet Tablet PC
Booklet tablet PCs are twin screen computers that open like a book, and are built with touch and digital pen detection abilities. Booklet tablet PCs can be used for web browsing, watching of Internet television, e-reading and so on.
Hybrid Tablet PC
Hybrid tablet PCs incorporates the functionality of a slate and convertible tablet PC. They do so by using a removable keyboard thus providing the functionality of a slate tablet PC; when affixed they act as a convertible tablet PC.
Advantages of Tablet PCs
The key advantages of tablet PCs in comparison to normal laptops are as follows:
- Tablet PCs are much lighter than laptops thus making them extremely mobile in nature.
- Ability to capture and store personalized input such as diagrams, mathematical and scientific equations, and similar forms of input.
- Faster and effortless navigation via touchsreen, stylus or finger touch than keyboard or mouse.
- The flat form factor of a tablet PC makes it easier for users to work on any surface and display presentations. It also increases interaction with other people in the work environment.