Tablet plus keyboard could just equal a poor experience expensive laptop

By | 11th September 2017

Tablet plus keyboard equals laptop

A somewhat perplexing situation exists:

People are buying tablet computers, and then adding keyboards…

making them actually just laptops!

and not very good ones at that…

A question of balance
With a traditional laptop the computer and battery are in the keyboard base, with just a lightweight screen forming the top of the case.

However in a tablet/keyboard combination things are reversed – making them difficult to use on an actual lap.

One solution I saw with a tablet/keyboard combination I used to own was putting a big weight in the keyboard to try to balance things – pretty pointless as you are left carrying around a dead weight that isn’t part of the necessary components and also losing any weight advantage you had to start.

Do you need a tablet at all?
While it might look cool to be on your branded tablet, remember that in the most cases a tablet is just a big phone.

So… you might be able to replace your phone with a larger screen one (5.5 – 6.4 inch phones are cheap and readily available, if you avoid expensive overpowered phones) and not need a tablet at all.

The advantage of a large screen phone (or phablet as they are sometimes called) is that it is always with you wherever you go.

Avoid unnecessary cost
There is a danger of buying too much computer.

For many people an inexpensive netbook style laptop with a 64Gb SSD drive (expandable via SD card) might be the most efficient solution.

Indeed, the cost of buying such a device isn’t much more than just the cost of a manufacturer keyboard for an expensive pro tablet!

Weight advantage?
While in the past laptops were heavy 2.5kg machines, the netbook I mentioned above only weighs 1.1kg – not too much difference from a tablet and keyboard combined.

Save money
Unless you are actually using a tablet in tablet mode for the majority of the time, you can save yourself some money and get a better experience by going for a real laptop instead.

After building up 17 years experience in industry and practice, James started his own business from scratch in 2006. He now helps others to do the same, while minimising both the risks and costs. James is dual qualified in tax and accounts, and has won multiple awards for small business. In 2014 he was invited to Downing Street, as one of the Small Business Saturday 100 winners.

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