A PC that Looks Like a Tablet is Still a PC

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A PC that Looks Like a Tablet is Still a PC

By Richard Hay for Windows Observer

There is no doubt that we have been experiencing a massive shift in our tech realities when it comes to the various form factors that computing devices now come in – tablets, laptops, desktops, convertibles, etc.

No doubt that the Apple iPad has established the norm for what a tablet is. Follow that with Android based devices and a majority of the purchasing public has their perception of what a tablet is to them.

Now here comes all these new form factors many of which we saw at CES 2013 just a couple of weeks ago. Some of them still look like laptops but have modes they can be contorted into by twisting, flipping or removing the screen to create a tablet form factor. Just because they can do that does not make them a tablet in the general perception of the word because in reality they are still full blown PC’s.

Microsoft will enter the foray of new form factor PC’s with their soon to be released Surface Pro on 09 February 2013. Many refer to it as a tablet because of its form factor but in reality it is full blown PC running Windows 8 Pro version of the new Microsoft OS.

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One thought on “A PC that Looks Like a Tablet is Still a PC

  1. I think if you remember what we used as PCs in the past, no one would argue with the fact that this is a PC. My first PC, I bought used for $100, it was a 386 with a 200mb hard drive and 256mb ram (similar to my blackberry curve 3G, which is finally out of contract) running windows 3.1. Using this as a reference point for a “PC” makes most all electronics seam fast and powerful, including my Blu-ray player. We now complain about a 5meg internet connection when we were happy with the “high speed” of a 56k dial-up connection before. Call it a tablet, cell phone, or anything else, its still faster and does more than the “super computers” of the past.

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