How to Choose a Tablet PC

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You've decided to get a tablet PC, but don't know what to look for when choosing one. Learn everything you need to know to choose the perfect tablet PC, right now.

Decide what size screen you want for your tablet PC. They typically range from the small 8.9" screen to the large 13.3" screen. Keep in mind that bigger isn't always better or more expensive. Unlike with desktop monitors, tablet PC monitors are meant to be small.

What kind of performance are you looking for? The best price to performance ratio, or "bang for your buck" will probably fall near the middle or even on the low side of the price range. Avoid the most expensive tablet PCs unless you've got the money to burn. Set a budget, and check customer reviews to find the best deals.

Determine what kind of ports you want. Typical ports include Type I and II PC card slots, SD card reader, USB ports, VGA port, docking connector, microphone jack, and headphone jack.

Choose a style that's right for you. Almost as important as features is style. You'll be stuck with this tablet PC for a while, so make sure you like the way it looks.

Ask yourself what type of hard drive you want. Solid state disk (SSD) drives are quieter, faster, and produce less heat. Mechanical hard drives are bigger, and less expensive.


  • check A lot of tablet PCs include extras like multi-card readers, webcams, built-in microphones, fingerprint scanners, and other miscellaneous features.
  • check If you're looking for info on how to choose another kind of machine, see the resources below.
  • check For info on how to choose a laptop mouse, check the resources.


  • close The stated battery life of the tablet PC may differ from the actual battery life. This is because the computer can be put in an ultra-low power mode that may be too low to operate the programs you would normally use. Read reviews to get the best idea of how long the battery will last in the tablet PC you're considering buying.

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