Apple Tablet and Others: Notebook Replacement or Not?

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The Consumer Electronics Show is over for another year and if you attended, you would have been treated to a slew of tablet devices. A number of vendors were showing off their latest tablet PC devices, such as the Microsoft HP, Lenovo’s Ideapad U1, and Sony’s Dash Mobile Internet Device, which we covered in a recent post. However, the much-rumored Apple tablet slate device was not at CES, instead waiting for their own event at the end of the month. We now wonder if these latest portable computers will be a replacement for the notebook?

The tablet will have two main rivals, the netbook and the notebook, but how capable are these new devices? PC World thought that this needed a closer look, they have a point when they say that it depends on what capabilities each tablet has.

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Some of the tablet devices on show at this years CES are not sure what they want to be, as they all take on different forms. Take the Lenovo Ideapad U1 hybrid, this has a removable display, so is a tablet come notebook. The Asus device also comes with two screens, this can then unfold in to one large screen. As they are both concepts, they are just testing the waters to gain some feedback to see what consumers what.

If you were asked to describe a notebook, you would answer that it is a folding portable computer with an LCD screen and a QWERTY keyboard. When asked the same question about a tablet, your answer will be a device that is shaped like a tablet and has no physical keyboard, instead relying on touch, much like an oversized smartphone.

As with all devices they have their good and bad points, the good is no QWERTY keyboard that is old technology now. However, working on a notebook is much easier on the back and neck, as they are almost in line with your eyesight.

PC World concludes that it is unlikely that the tablet will replace the notebook anytime soon that is until prices fall to a more equal level.