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Monday, June 3, 2013

Laptops and Tablets in the Office: The Pros and cons

Most bosses are currently confused on which gadget to buy for their employees'office work. Some would want to stick to the old "grounded"desk top computers for their security. But let's for once leave this to the past. Therefore, two devices currently remain in contention and their use in the office mainly depend on preference rather than performance. So let's discuss the advantages and disadvantages of laptops and tablets for office work.
With the coming of laptops to the market, everybody hunted these small devices for computing wherever you go. Laptops got a lot of excitement because of their ease of use and definitely portability. This new computing technology took the whole world by storm dominating the computer scene. That is until the tablet entered the market.
The tablet has almost similar features as laptops but with additional portability. Some people would feel it is the new way to compute and they simply can't survive without their tablet, while others still insist that laptops will never be replaced. Now let's compare the advantages and disadvantages of tablets and laptops. Which one is better?

Tablets are very much portable and give you complete control of the screen, applications and features. The direct use of your finger on the screen provides more interactive gaming experience, and the hands-on technique offers a more tangible experience than a keypad for illustrating and drawing. These products are usually smaller than laptops. The majority of tablets are anywhere between a 7" and 10' screen and weigh below 1 pound. They enables you capture videos or photos, video chat, store your music, and even use their in-built eReaders to read books.
Tablets are known to be very expensive. With that in mind, you still have to take exceptional precautions in their care. Their body may be durable; however, its exposed delicate touchscreen acts to its disadvantage. This is compounded by the fact that damaged touchscreen may render your expensive device useless. A protective case can be bought separately for the screen, this just adds up the device's cost.
At work, tablets are considered mostly as personal gadgets, just like phones, and the corporate market is yet to fully accept their use for office work.

Laptops' hardware is highly advantageous. Laptops are usually purchased having large screens and with much higher resolution compared to any known tablet. They also have a full keyboard, a mouse pad as well as an option to connect a normal mouse and keyboard through USB ports. You will definitely type more accurately and much faster using a keyboard. The larger screen makes viewing photos, watching movies or even browsing the web much enjoyable. Apart from netbooks, a laptop's screen size is 13" or larger. Laptops will definitely last longer than tablets, and there is no need to worry about damaging your touchscreen. A laptop's internal storage can be as large as 500GB and still there is a possibility of expanding this using an external storage USB hard disk. This feature is not available with tablets whose highest storage capacity available in the market is 64 GB.
However, the fact that laptops are larger may also be their major disadvantage. Laptops were originally designed for portability. Even though you can do your work wherever you are with a laptop, they can be a heavy yoke to carry around. Most laptops weigh between 3 and 9 pounds. If carried for a long period, this heavy load may cause back pain.
Laptops initially faced rejection from the corporate society who found desktop computers to be more secure. However, the corporate world finally accepted their use in offices, thus replacing desktop computers.
The choice of which device to purchase do not usually depend on the above listed advantages and disadvantages of tablets and laptops, but on the intended user's preference.

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