For years, desktops and laptops have dominated the work computer market because they have big screens, roomy keyboards, and large hard drives for storage. When tablet computers were in their infancy, most lacked all of these things, but times have changed. According to a recent poll, 21 percent of workers have reported using tablets for work at least once a week, and that number is expected to continue to grow.
If you wish to switch from a desktop or notebook to a tablet as your primary work computer, the size of the screen may be one of your primary concerns. Though some tablets are a mere seven inches, there are larger models like the iPad, which is just under ten inches. Several Android tablets are also around ten inches, which is comparable in screen size to many netbooks and smaller laptops. Since tablets are starting to become the work computer of choice for more professionals, several desk and wall mounts have also become available. These allow you to put the tablet at eye level, eliminating neck strain and allowing for a more ergonomic workspace.
The slim profile and portability of tablets make them very attractive to people who travel a lot for work, but the lack of a physical keyboard can negate those advantages. Luckily, there are several types of portable keyboards on the market that are smaller than traditional keyboards, but with all of the same functions. Some of these are plug-and-play compatible, while others feature Bluetooth technology so they can be used wirelessly. A few tablet covers have keyboards and even kickstands built into them, making it easier to use your tablet as a work computer.
Another concern about using tablets for work is their lack of hard drive space relative to a desktop. While it’s true that tablets have much less hard drive space to work with, you can still move important files from your primary work computer to the tablet. For less important files, there’s a variety of options available to you. Using a cloud storage service will allow you to store files for easy access without having to take up precious tablet hard drive space. In addition, there are apps available that can access a desktop or laptop remotely to download or view files, which is an easy solution to the problem of having less hard drive space. All you need is to have your tablet connected to the Internet, which is easy with the proliferation of free Wi-Fi and mobile hotspots.
No matter what concerns you may have about switching to a tablet, there is a solution on the market. Soon even Microsoft Word will be available for tablets, so there is no excuse for not making the switch. The freedom allowed by a tablet’s portability is reason enough to give it a try as your primary work computer.
Nancy Anderson is the communities and article Editor for Beyond.com. Nancy has 10 years’ experience in the online job search business with Beyond. Nancy’s team produces dozens of articles every month for top internet sites. Follow Nancy and the Beyond team on https://twitter.com/BeyondJobs.
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