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By August 15, 2013 Read More →

Tablets vs. Laptops: The Pros and Cons

With the rise of tablet sales in the market today, there’s an ongoing debate about what type of computing device is better, a tablets or laptops. This year, manufacturers are seeing a huge increase in sales for smart devices, including tablets and smartphones, while laptop sales are declining.

In March, CampusTechnology.com reported that smart devices hit one billion sales. It also projected that by 2014, tablet shipments will surpass portable PC shipments. But does that make the tablet better than the laptop?

This ongoing Tablets vs. Laptops debate means a lot to consumers and helps fuel their decisions when purchasing new devices. So get ready to join the debate and come along on our journey as we explore the pros and cons of both tablets and laptops. After you get a better understanding of each device, you can decide on your own which one wins the debate and claims the title of “The Better Device.”

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Tablets vs. Laptops

Believe it or not, the history of tablet computers reaches as far back as the 1800s. In 1888, someone had already picked up the patent for an electronic tablet, but it wasn’t until the 1980s when the first companies started using commercial tablets. But wait. Aren’t tablets fairly new?

Although the technology has been around for a long time, 2010 marks the year that they really started becoming popular among consumers. So is it the new popularity that makes them better, or do they really perform better? Let’s take a look.

Pros

Portability: One of the biggest advantages that tablets have over laptops is that they’re more portable. Since they come without a keyboard, they’re easily thinner, and many of the bigger tablets only reach about a 10-inch screen width. With laptops, it’s hard to find devices with a screen smaller than 12 inches. This small size makes them a lot lighter, sometimes less than a pound, and easier to transport. Plus, tablets boast long battery lives, many lasting 10 hours or more with normal use. A good laptop only has about a seven hour battery life.

Function: With portability comes a number of various tablet PC uses. Today, people enjoy the luxury of a tablet’s portability, and they use them in a number of settings. Let’s look at how different people use tablets.

  • Students take handwritten notes in class
  • Designers transfer tablet drawings into software programs
  • Business people take notes during meetings
  • DJs use them during shows to mix music
  • Regular consumers read books straight off the device

Price: Tablets also win over laptops on price. Some tablets start as low as $200 while many sit in the $500 range. The lowest end of laptops start around $300, but you could up pay over $1,000 for a top-of-the-line model.

Cons

Durability: While the small, slim appearance of a tablet aids in its portability, it does little for durability. When compared to laptops, a tablet is much less durable, and because their parts aren’t standardized yet like most laptop computers are, they’re also expensive to repair.

Memory: Compared to a laptop, tablets far fall behind when it comes to memory. Today, tablets only come with 64 GB of memory maximum. Most laptops feature 10 times the memory. With tablets, you have to be more careful about what you store on your device whereas you rarely have to store files externally with a laptop’s massive hard drive.

Laptops

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While it may seem that laptop computers have been around longer than tablets, the history of the portable computer really only dates back to the 1970s. Portable computers have been popular since the 80s, slowly evolving into the fairly compact yet capable devices we have today. Let’s see what makes them great and where their drawbacks lie.

Pros

Multitask Ability: One huge complaint that comes along with tablets is that it’s hard to multitask on them, but you won’t see those complaints with laptops. Laptops make it easy to switch between programs, so you can research online while working on a slide show or word document. Some new laptops even allow you to compare windows side-by-side to help you get things done faster and more efficiently.

Sharp Display: Laptops usually have an advantage to tablets when it comes to a clear display. The average notebook features a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution while some of the top tablets only feature a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.

Accessories: A 2012 survey found that nearly half of consumers prefer a full QWERTY keyboard to touchscreen, number pad, and voice command features on their smartphone. If people love their QWERTY keyboard on their smartphone, think about how much they love their physical keyboard on their laptop compared to the virtual keyboard on a tablet.

Most people would agree that you can type faster and more accurately with a laptop. When it comes to navigating your device, the accessories that come along with a laptop, including the keyboard and the mouse, win out when compared to a tablet, making a laptop a bit easier to use.

Cons

Size: While people generally prefer a bigger screen when working on projects, the whole point of a laptop is to be able to carry it with you and work on-the-go. Compared to tablets, laptops are much less convenient in this aspect. Some laptops weigh up to nine pounds, although some get down to three pounds. Plus, they’re generally a lot wider and thicker, making their size a bit more of an annoyance to carry around.

Longevity: Laptops really don’t last a long time. To begin with, most laptop batteries only last about seven hours, but as you continue using them, that battery life can quickly drop to just a few hours. But it doesn’t end there. Most manufacturers design laptops to only last three to five years before they start having serious issues and you need to  repair or replace them. If there is a problem with your computer, visit website here, they have highly specialized computer technicians that will be ready whenever your computer needs them.

It’s clear that there are some great benefits and some drawbacks to each, but now that you know what each device has over the other, which one do you think is “The Better Device?”

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By March 8, 2013 Read More →

Introducing the Asus Transformer AiO

asus-transformer-aio-2When Asus gets motivated to go all out on a device, they throw everything but the kitchen sink at it, and yesterdays unveiling is a prime example of that. Asus officially announced the full specs, pricing and availability dates of their new Asus Transformer AiO. Here’s a full breakdown on this beastly device.

For the PC half of the device:

  • 18.4-inch display with Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution – with 10-point touch
  • Windows 8
  • Intel Core i5-3350P processor
  • Up to 8 GB of RAM
  • 1 TB HDD
  • GeForce GT 730M GPU
  • SuperMulti DVD Drive there
  • USB 3.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an SD card reader

For the Tablet Half: (Asus Eee Pad design aesthetics)

  • 18.4-inch display with Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution – with 10-point touch
  • Nvidia Tegra 3 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage
  • A microSD support
  • 1 MP front-facing cam
  • 32 Whr battery capable of around 5 hours of continuous use
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 5.28 pounds by itself

Of course, a monster device like this does come with a monster price. It will hit retail outlets April 12th for $1299. Still, many AiO PCs sell for the same price, so ultimately the fact that you have a fairly powerful new PC that doubles as a dock for your multi-OS Android/Windows 8 tablet, is a pretty good deal overall.

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By August 2, 2011 Read More →

Alienware M17x R3 Review

Alienware M17x R3The Alienware M17x is now in it’s third-generation and it is one of the most powerful laptops in the world: Available with SSDs, a 3D 1080p screen, quad-core Intel I7 processors, up to 16 GB of RAM and top end NVIDIA graphics cards.

The M17x is definitely a top-shelf gaming notebook on paper but is that the case in practise? Read on to find out!

 

 

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Dells new laptop to be super thin

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We don’t have the exact details of Dells new laptop just yet but they have sent us today this image as a teaser, the cheeky monkeys!

In terms of thinness, the big rival has to be Apples MacBook Air which is offered in 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch designs. The new Dell is believed to have a 15.6 inch screen and be the thinnest in its class.

So if you are on the lookout for a sleek, powerful and cheaper alternative to a MacBook this may well be just what you are looking for.

Once the product is officially announced we will of course publish the full specification etc.

 

Posted by: James

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By February 10, 2011 Read More →

Vodafone mobile broadband special offer

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Our friends over at phonesdirect.com have just sent us details of a nice new mobile broadband offer if you are in the market for such a deal?

Sign up for the Vodafone Monthly Mobile Internet for only £4.99 for the first six months, then only £15 per month thereafter. A generous 3GB of Mobile Broadband data is provided each month with the Vodafone USB Internet Dongle. The dongle is also free which is a bonus!

Click here for further details and to place your order.

 

Posted by: James

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By December 13, 2010 Read More →

Win an iPad from IT247

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Hands up who wants to win a 3G 16GB iPad from IT247.com? The company who kindly sponsor our forums are offering the iPad to one lucky person and all you have to do is sign up to receive email promotions from them. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

Click here to sign up.

While you are there you may also want to see what else they have to offer. IT247.com have a wide range of hardware as well as software and peripherals.

Best of luck to all that sign up.

 

Posted by: James

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By September 13, 2010 Read More →

Toshiba Dynadock V10 review

Toshiba Dynadock V10 review Does the Dynadock V10 really soups up your laptop and productivity as V10 engine transplant would pimp up a car? Or is the all-in-one gizmo more of a two-stroke Trabant with a huge rear-wing?

I wasn’t sure what to make of the Dynadock.

It functions as docking stations of the yesteryear but it doesn’t look like one and connects via the ubiquitous USB rather than some obscure proprietary port.

The device tries to be a Swiss army knife of computer connectivity. It’s essentially a 4-in-1 gadget comprising a USB audio interface, a USB hub, a USB-to-DVI and a USB-to-Ethernet adapters. Quite an entourage for a single USB cable it uses to communicate with the computer.

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By May 19, 2010 Read More →

Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 Review

Dell Inspiron Mini 1012The Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 or ‘New Mini 10’ as it’s also known on the Dell website is another Atom based netbook, and as the name suggests it has a 10 inch screen (10.1 actually) – the difference here is that it’s a higher resolution than the standard 1024×600 we’re used to seeing.

The Mini 1012 is running a fairly standard 32bit Windows 7 Starter for Small Notebook PCs on a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 Single Core CPU, paired with 1GB of RAM and an Intel 3150 Graphics Media Accelerator.

This particular unit has the 6-cell battery giving a claimed 9.5 hours of battery life – and the case is styled to keep this larger battery nice and sleek – no ‘lumpy’ batteries here.

So let’s take it for a spin.

 

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By January 27, 2010 Read More →

Apple tablet already confirmed?

Whether this was an ‘accidental’ leak or something well orchestrated by Apple I guess well never know but in a TV interview with CNBC yesterday McGraw-Hill’s CEO confirms that their textbooks will be on the Apple Tablet and it will be an iPhone OS based machine. When asked about rumours that their textbooks will be on the Apple tablet, Terry McGraw responds:

"Yeah, Very exciting. Yes, they’ll make their announcement tomorrow on this one. We have worked with Apple for quite a while. And the Tablet is going to be based on the iPhone operating system and so it will be transferable. So what you are going to be able to do now — we have a consortium of e-books. And we have 95% of all our materials that are in e-book format on that one. So now with the tablet you’re going to open up the higher education market, the professional market. The tablet is going to be just really terrific."

An iPhone OS based tablet? As much as I like the iPhone OS I’m happy that it works well on the relative small screen of the iPhone, I wonder how well that will translate to a larger screened device or if there are going to be a lot of advancements purely for the tablet form?

Other ‘news’ and images are appearing around the web, some seeming to be nothing more than badly ‘shopped images of other Apple products but another more convincing image seems to be circulating too:

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Above we see what is alleged to be the new Apple tablet. I wonder how many products in history have been so desired without even being seen?!

 

One thing’s for sure, this wont be the last post about the iSlate (or will it be iPad?) today! 🙂

 

Posted by: Matt

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By January 26, 2010 Read More →

What has Apple got in store for us?

apple-logo Apple is expected to announce its latest must-have piece of kit tomorrow at an event in San Francisco and I’m sure by now you’ll know that almost everyone is expecting the big announcement to be that Apple are to release an all-new product called the iSlate.

Now thus far we have no real idea what the specs will be, how big it is what OS it will run etc. but we’ll know for sure this time tomorrow. I’ll be keeping a close eye on the event for sure and will post news as I get it.

The question I have is where does such a product sit? Apple have a successful mobile device and a range of laptops so do we expect that the new iSlate will fit somewhere between the two?

 

Posted by: Matt

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