It is not today that one thinks about the possibility of abandoning the notebook instead and using a tablet for the more mundane tasks of daily life. This is certainly not an option for users who require more of their devices, such as complex editing programs or anything. However, for most people who use computers just for web browsing, casual gaming, reading and word processing from time to time, a tablet may well serve as the primary device and a cent the notebook.
Still, a change of this magnitude in our lives certainly could not happen overnight or without the necessary help. In that case, adopting a tablet at the expense of your old notebook should be a conscious action, with all the new implications considered. So buying accessories for your new tablet that will replace the notebook is virtually mandatory.
Notebook x tablet
It is interesting to note that notebooks with reasonable performance, those that do not catch every half second, are not exactly cheap. Obviously, there are more solutions in mind, but they will hardly make you happy. So let’s consider an intermediate price notebook for comparison with the tablet.
Using a comparative price, you could spend about $ 1,500 on an interesting minimizing notebook. It comes virtually ready for use and rarely requires many accessories. In the case of the same price tablets that will replace this product, the thing is different. To have the same performance as the notebook’s convenience, you would have to purchase at least one cover with a built-in keyboard and bracket and a wireless mouse.
1. Covers with built-in keyboards
There are very interesting cover solutions with built-in keyboards for both Android tablets and iOS devices . Tablets with Windows 8 are usually accompanied by accessories from the manufacturers themselves, once the idea of Microsoft and make Windows 8 an OS for tablets that replace notebooks. Proof of this is Surface .
But back to the common tablets, a keyboard option with support and keyboards are the Zagg and Logitec models . Of course there are many other brands that have products of the type, but the quality of these devices is rarely adequate to the durability you would have with a traditional notebook.
You can even get independent Bluetooth keyboards, but then you would have to load one more element when you needed to type in physical keys. Samsung announced yesterday its new line of tablets and, along with them, a very interesting cover-keyboard . So buying a tablet that you already know has good accessories can be a safer decision.
You may find it completely unnecessary, but if your keyboard cover does not have a touchpad, you will feel the time or other lack of a mouse. This is because raising your hand all the time to touch the screen in order to select elements and especially position the cursor in some text becomes a very tiring activity.
So your best alternative is also a Bluetooth mouse. This type of device has been available in the market for a long time and therefore there are many quality options and low prices. You, therefore, will spend more with the cover than with the mouse. For those who are in the rhythm of the World Cup, it is even possible to buy such devices , for example.
3. Extra Storage
Perhaps this is the biggest drawback of using a tablet to replace your notebook. If you have too many files to save, it’s virtually mandatory to have a way to store files externally, since tablets rarely exceed 32GB of internal space. For this, there are solutions like Google Drive , iCloud , OneDrive and many others. However, you need to pay monthly to use these services. An alternative would then be an external wireless HD . There are many options, but you need to check their compatibility with your mobile OS on the tablet.
If you did not want to bother with this or already have an external HD that you did not want to waste because of the fact that your tablet does not have traditional USB inputs(if your have, your life is made), you can buy a device like this Toshiba adapter . It connects any external HD to your local WiFi network and even allows you to access your files anywhere over the internet. So you have your own cloud and can increase the storage space in the way that you think is appropriate.
If you have a common printer at home, you’ll probably need to replace it with a new printer to print your files via tablet without the intermediary of a PC. It is advisable to buy a device with WiFi connection. There are very interesting solutions in this field, with low prices and optimal printing autonomies, such as this Samsung device . To use the device directly from your tablet, you need to install an app on your tablet, but always check for compatibility.
There are even simpler ways to do this with Google Cloud Print certified printers . Other than that, the Android KitKat natively has integration with some HP printers. So by checking which models are these, you can get something more appropriate and straightforward.
What do you prefer?
Basically, we have realized that to leave the notebook and use only one tablet as the main device may generate some extra costs that you might not have imagined, such as a new printer or expensive covers, if any of them are important to you. Still, this is a process that every day seems simpler, especially with news that are specially released to cover the void we have today. These accessories are expected to become increasingly accessible and to facilitate migration.
Anyway, if this is not your beach, but you also do not want to spend with an expensive Windows or OS X notebook and still need to buy a tablet, you can consider purchasing a Chromebook to meet your need for a real keyboard And navigation and use of simpler apps. Prices are low and the performance is usually pleasant.
What else do you think a person needs to migrate from a notebook to a tablet? If you have already done this migration, tell us your experiences and tell us how you managed to overcome the difficulties.
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