A Tablet PC is a slate shaped or a notebook type of mobile computer. Introduced first in the early ’90s by Pen Computing, known as the PenGo Tablet Computer, later Microsoft popularized it. Because of its technology involving a hybrid graphics tablet/screen or touchscreen, the user can operate the PC with a digital pen or stylus, or the tip of a finger, instead of using a mouse or keyboard.
A Tablet PC is a Laptop PC with more Features
A Tablet PC is a full-fledged laptop PC, plus more features. The digitized pen can be used directly on its screen, with all the functions that can be performed by a mouse, such as selecting, dragging and opening files, or as you would use a keyboard, to communicate and to write notes. Some PCs are not touchscreen, hence work only with the special digital pen. Therefore, they receive information only from the tip of the pen, and not from your fingertip or any part of your clothing, which makes it comfortable for resting your wrist on the screen in order to write naturally.
Using Tablet PCs is Easy and Comfortable
The Tablet PC is more easy and comfortable to use because instead of using the keyboard and mouse as interaction tools, you can us the special pen to input directly on the screen. Unlike a desktop PC or a laptop computer, a Tablet PC does not require flat surface on which to use your computer, and if you are in a meeting it does not have a vertical screen to obstruct the view between you and the other person. Moreover, these hand-held computers can also be used when on the move or while standing up, which makes it perfect for people who are constantly on their feet such as sales managers, nurses, doctors, and so on.
Different Styles of Tablet PCs
There are many manufacturers that produce the Tablet PC which can differ in many aspects such as the size, the design, the processing speed, and so on, in order to meet individual requirements. Basically, Tablet PCs are available in three styles:
The Convertible Style: This model looks a lot like a regular laptop computer because of the keyboard attached to it. However, the screen can be rotated and 180 degrees and can be placed flat on the keyboard, which makes it better for writing and reading.
The Slate Style: Since this model does not have the size and weight of a permanent keyboard, it is an ultra-light and slim design. Some slate type of Tablet PCs do have keyboards that are detachable, but all of them have innovative solutions for docking, thus offering access to a mouse, keyboard, and a full sized monitor.
The Sturdy Style: This is a rugged little mobile computer with a shock-proof hard drive and a shell that is of industrial strength. These sturdy models of Tablet PCs are ideal for those who need to use their computer in rough conditions, such as for military duty, during patrolling duties, in construction areas, or just used by people who want a mobile PC that is hardy and durable.
Apart from including the usual features offered by a regular laptop computer, Tablet PCs also have:
1. High- to mid-end processors that have been optimized for mobile computers.
2. Sufficient memory to suit most computing requirements.
3. High storage capacity in the hard drive.
4. In-built modem for networking and wireless connectivity.
5. Electronic pen and digitizer screen that is compatible with the Tablet PC.
The Tablet PC is the culminating point of the advances made in shrinking the hardware of notebooks as well as improvements in the integrated digitizers used as input. Typically, a digitizer comes integrated in the screen, which correlates interaction by the digital pen or physical touch on the screen with the information displayed on it. The digitizer is an absolute device for pointing and not a relative device for pointing like a touchpad or a mouse. Tablet PCs are usually used in places where regular notebooks are unwieldy or impractical, or cannot provide the required functionality.