No Keyboard? No Problem!
Nowadays, when people think ‘tablet PC’ they think about sleek devices that resemble the iPad design with a touch screen that only has a few buttons around the edge. All that mess about turning the screen around and folding it back is silly when you think about it, and it’s no wonder tablet computers never really got to be all that popular until now. The big thing now with slate style tablet computers is the fact that they have no mouse or keyboard. The way you interface with the device is something completely new, especially for Windows users.
The main downside to using a tablet PC without the keyboard is that it limits your typing. If you are the kind of user that doesn’t do a lot of typing like with emails or writing, then this may not be such a big deal. You can still type using an on-screen keyboard and the touchscreen, but it doesn’t quite feel the same as a regular keyboard and most people I’ve talked to had a hard time adjusting, especially if you type really fast. You can always get a wireless keyboard to use along with the device, but if you start accessorizing too much you sort of defeat the purpose of going with a tablet.
One main benefit of having no keyboard is that it makes for a completely self-contained device where all you need is right there on screen. This makes for maximum portability plus it helps to cut down on battery usage because you aren’t powering a bunch of peripheral devices. If you interact with the computer using the mouse more than the keyboard, then it’s just a matter of getting used to the touchscreen, and that adjustment is surprisingly quick for most users.
If you are still interested in making the switch to a tablet PC or adding one to your gear, check out our article on how tablet PC's work.
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