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Why You Should Use Slate Computers for Your Business

Posted In iPad, Technology devices - By Techtiplib on Friday, December 13th, 2013 With No Comments »

The term ‘slate computer’ is one that is generally used to describe a laptop/tablet hybrid running Windows 8.1 with a removable keyboard. These machines are quickly becoming the ‘iPads for offices’ and offer many advantages over other more traditional form factors. If your business doesn’t yet make use of slate computers or hybrids, then read on to find out why it’s high time that you started to and just what they can do for your organization.

Slate Computers

Why Slate Computers Are So Practical

The first benefit of a slate computer is its sheer versatility. The best of the bunch are devices like the Surface Pro 2 which run on core i5/7 chips with 4-8 Gigabytes of Ram and run full Windows 8 pro. These are full computers in terms of their specs and performance meaning they can be used to run all of your legacy software, to multitask between multiple apps at once, and to take full advantage of the web without the limitations of a mobile browser. Many organizations are starting to use these slate computers with multiple-monitor setup so that they can really replace the desktop experience.

But while a slate computer can replace a desktop PC, it can also be picked up and carried as a laptop, or even have the keyboard removed to rely solely on touch input. Combine this with the touch-friendly modern UI that Windows 8.1 comes with, and you have a device that’s now perfect to take into meetings, to use to give presentations or to relax and have fun with. This is also ideal for any ‘upright’ jobs that require employees to stand and chat while taking notes or browsing the web.

Until recently offices would satisfy these requirements by giving their staff iPads and desktop PCs – and possible laptops as well. With something like the Surface Pro 2 though, or a Sony Duo 11, you’ll be able to use just one device. Of course this is much cheaper for businesses allowing you to pay for just one piece of hardware rather than two or three, but it’s also much more practical as it allows your staff to have all their files and notes with them at any one time.

Imagine this use scenario:

  • Employee sits at a desk using their device in a dock with external monitors, keyboard and mouse to produce documents or designs.
  • The employee goes to a meeting – unclips their device and takes it into the meeting as a tablet where they can take notes using a stylus straight onto the screen.
  • The employee then returns to the office, plugs their device back in and transcribes the notes into Word using their keyboard set-up.
  • Employee slips their device into a keyboard case to take on the train to a Tradeshow. Works on the train using the device as a laptop.
  • The employee then stands their hardware in tablet mode on their Tradeshow display to show the company website to interested parties.

As you can see, there are many situations where being able to smoothly transition from tablet to computer and back could be incredibly useful and practical.

More Reasons to Make the Change

But in case you aren’t convinced that this is worth the investment for your business just yet, consider these additional factors:

  • More and more software is moving to the Windows 8 and 8.1 environment, transitioning now will be less painful than doing the same thing a year later and will eventually be a necessity.
  • Windows 8.1 is faster, smoother, more stable and more powerful than previous incarnations of the operating system saving you time and avoiding problems.
  • Stylus input and touch screen can speed up a number of tasks such as uploading multiple files or sketching designs. It can even enable you to sign documents without printing them out and scanning them.
  • These devices look high tech and will both please your staff and impress your business partners.

So there you have it, several compelling arguments to go with Microsoft’s vision of the future and switch your business to tablet computers…

Author Bio:

Nancy Baker, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger, currently writing for Procept Consulting; a company that offers project management governance. She is a tech enthusiast and enjoys playing tennis and squash. You can contact her on Twitter@Nancy Baker.

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