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HOW TO PURCHASE A TABLET PC
HOW TO PURCHASE A TABLET PC
use the search capabilities on the home page of the
companies listed to locate information about the Tablet PC.
The Tablet PC (Figure 52) combines the mobility features of
a traditional notebook computer with the simplicity of
pencil and paper, because you can create and save Office-type
documents by writing and drawing directly on the screen
with a digital pen. Tablet PCs use the Windows Tablet
Technology in Windows Vista operating system. A
notebook computer and a Tablet PC have many similarities. For
this reason, if you are considering purchasing a Tablet PC,
review the guidelines for purchasing a notebook computer,
as well as the guidelines below.
Decide whether you want a convertible or
pure Tablet PC.
Convertible Tablet PCs have an attached keyboard and look
like a notebook computer. You rotate the screen and lay it
flat against the computer for note-taking. The pure Tablet
PCs are slim and lightweight, weighing less than four
pounds. They have the capability of easily docking at a
desktop to gain access to a large monitor, keyboard, and
mouse. If you spend a lot of time attending lectures or
meetings, then the pure Tablet PC is ideal. Acceptable
specifications for a Tablet PC are shown in Figure 54.
TABLET PC SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions
12"
3
9"
3
1.2"
Weight
Less than 5 Pounds
Processor
Pentium M Processor at 2 GHz
RAM
1 GB
Hard Disk
60 GB
Display
12.1" TFT
Digitizer
Electromagnetic Digitizer
Battery
6-Cell High Capacity Lithium-Ion
USB
3
FIGURE 52 The lightweight Tablet PC, with its
handwriting capabilities, is the latest addition to the family
of mobile computers.
FireWire
1
Docking Station
Grab and Go with CD-ROM,
Keyboard, and Mouse
Make sure the Tablet PC fits your mobile
computing needs.
The Tablet PC is not for every mobile user. If you find
yourself in need of a computer in class or you are spending more
time in meetings than in your office, then the Tablet PC may
be the answer. Before you invest money in a Tablet PC,
however, determine the programs you plan to use on it. You
should not buy a Tablet PC simply because it is an interesting
type of computer. For additional information on the Tablet
PC, visit the Web sites listed in Figure 53. You may have to
Bluetooth Port
Yes
Wireless
802.11a/b/g Card
Network Card
10/100 Ethernet
Modem
56 Kbps
Speakers
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Operating System
Windows Vista
Application Software
Office Small Business Edition
Antivirus Software
Yes – 12 Month Subscription
Warranty
1-Year Limited Warranty Parts and
Labor
Company
Web Address
Fujitsu
fujitsu.com
Hewlett-Packard
hp.com
FIGURE 54
Tablet PC specifications.
Microsoft
microsoft.com/windowsxp/tabletpc
Be sure the weight and dimensions are
conducive to portability.
The weight and dimensions of the Tablet PC are important
because you carry it around like a notepad. The Tablet PC
you buy should weigh four pounds or less. Its dimensions
should be approximately 12 inches by 9 inches by 1.2 inches.
ViewSonic
viewsonic.com
For an updated list of companies and their Web site addresses, visit
scsite.com/ic7/buyers.
FIGURE 53
Companies involved with Tablet PCs and their
Web sites.
 
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