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In the business world, PC tablets with Windows may be considered the junior of the family. However, with the latest technological advancements in battery life, security and speed, the latest ThinkPads are more powerful than many laptops. We compare the two and look at some of the advantages offered by the best tablets currently on the market. When you look beyond size, a tablet may be exactly what you are looking for.

What Exactly is a Tablet PC?

Let’s look at the characteristics of a Tablet PC. It is a compact mobile device that includes a touchscreen display, operating system and rechargeable battery in a thin flat case. They fill the gap in the market between a Smartphone and a laptop. Lightweight and mobile, tablets typically have a smaller screen and an optional detachable keyboard. Designed for those who are constantly on-the-go, they can weigh as little as 1kg, making them perfect for international travellers.

The most popular tablet is the Lenovo ThinkPad, with over 100 million sales to date. Rugged and durable to withstand the rigours of travel, they offer complete connectivity so you can always stay in touch.

If you’re concerned about security, you can relax. Opting for a tablet with Windows 10 and a fingerprint reader raises security and prevents unauthorised access.

How Compact are PC Tablets with Windows?

Like everything from cars to mobiles, tablets come in a range of sizes. The case obviously limits the size of screen and operating capabilities. Principally designed to be small and easy to carry, you can buy tablets that are pocket-size, such as e-readers. However, most people want a little more from their tablet PC, particularly for business.

If you are looking to purchase a tablet, consider what size screen is comfortable for your requirements. Once you have a clear size in mind, you can consider other aspects such as weight, speed, memory, keyboard and other optional extras.

Many top-selling tablets are less than 1cm deep, and a little deeper with an attached keyboard. While the smallest are just 190 x 115mm, some may be 50% bigger to allow for extra features such as a larger screen. Balancing the advantages of size and weight against features depends entirely on what the user requirements are.

What About Weight?

Most tablets weight 1-2kg, which is acceptable even when flying with limited baggage allowances. For example, the latest ThinkPad X1 weighs just 1.27kg. Without the keyboard it comes down to around 890g, about the weight of an average paperback book. This includes a 13-inch display screen with scratch-resistant Gorilla® Glass, Intel Core processor and all the advantages of the Windows 10 operating system.

Touchscreen or Keyboard?

Tablets all have a touchscreen interface for inputting everything from commands to text. If your over-riding requirement in a tablet is limited weight and size, everything is possible. In some tablet models you can connect an external keyboard or use a Bluetooth keyboard. You can also use a digital pen for adding notes and highlights easily.

If you need a mobile device for business communications and intend to enter lengthy text, you really need a keyboard. You can use a virtual on-screen keyboard or choose one with a detachable keyboard, similar to an all-in-one PC. This will obviously increase the weight but also provides a more generous screen size. Travel-size keyboards may fail to provide a satisfactory experience for input due to their scaled down size and limited keys.

Overall, if you expect to do a lot of keyboard input, a premium tablet or laptop is probably the best option.

Long-lasting Batteries with Quick Charge Features

Tablets are designed for efficiency and generally have less internal components than laptops. In fact, most of the internal space is designated for a powerful long-life battery. Expect at least 9 hours continuous usage from a tablet before it needs a top-up, outrunning many laptops.

However, battery duration is affected by different settings and activities. New lithium-ion batteries and Lenovo’s Rapid Charge Technology allow you to recharge fast. It restores the battery to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes. It’s the technological equivalent of a power-nap!

Is Security Compromised on Tablet PCs?

Fortunately security is not limited by physical size restrictions. The latest tablets are as secure as any comparable laptop or PC. Tablets with fingerprint access or facial recognition using an IT camera make login secure and speedy. No more hassle if you forget your password, and no possibility of unauthenticated access. Some ThinkPad models include a Trusted Platform Module which even encrypts your data - security doesn’t come better than that!

Many features can be used with the lock screen in place, providing peace of mind if you are distracted or leave your device unattended. Music and even Cortana (virtual assistant) can be voice activated even when your device is locked.

When it comes to security, Windows 10 provides the ultimate protection with security that constantly scans for malware, phishing, viruses and cyber-attacks. Microsoft Bitlocker provides encryption in Windows 10 Pro and prevents unauthorised data access in the case of theft or loss.

Small but Smart!

For size and weight, tablet PCs certainly tick all the boxes and have sufficient speed, memory and performance for most tasks. When it comes to price, you may get more for your money with a laptop, although modern technology has certainly closed the gap.

Windows 10 and Intel Core processors certainly overcome many previous limitations of tablets, particularly in terms of speed and security. It makes them far more than just a lightweight device for reading, gaming and surfing the net.

When lightweight portability, ultra-thin dimensions and connectivity are what matters, the ThinkPad X1 tablet really is hard to beat.