A Large number of people are starting to bring their own IT into the workplace with them and with the popularity of tablets such as the ipad, a question that needs to be asked is should you bring your tablet to work or a laptop.
I have personally made it known that I can now do most of my business on a tablet instead of using my laptop computer. The touch screen on most tablets is extremely efficient but connect an external keyboard for optimal use such as data entry. Obviously this all depends on the type of work you need to complete. Unfortunately I am in the minority here using a tablet and most people still use a laptop for their business needs.
However it is becoming more common for people to go down my route and take their tablet or ipad to work and leave their laptop at home. However this does come with a certain level of risk. If there is a task that you are unable to complete on a tablet then that is the game changer, especially is this happens to be a task that is critical and absolute must.
Ipads and tablets a such are most defiantly very capable and desirable machines and for the large part of it are much handier to cart about and to use so it goes without much surprise that many people are starting to go down the line of taking their tablet to work and leaving their laptop at home. Like I said before I find easy to use my ipad for my business functions now but before I would have always used my laptop religiously. However laptops are better for many tasks and without the right thought put into it many will end up regretting not taking the laptop to work.
I hear on a weekly basis somebody asking whether they should bring a laptop or their tablet to work and I always recommend taking their laptop. Nothing will go down worse than recommending a tablet and for that person only for that person to not be able to perform critical tasks on their tablet at work that their laptop would be able to do no problem at all.
To summarise, although new, shiny, trendy and stylish, taking your tablet to work might be the cool thing to do, but without the proper analysis of your needs it could be a recipe for disaster. Bringing your laptop to work is a fool proof alternative that you simply can’t go wrong by choosing. It is simply the recommend approach for 90% of workers. That is not saying a tablet can’t do most of the tasks, it just you wouldn’t want to get caught out at a critical time.
With the prices of laptops and tablets varying, cost doesn’t have to play a big part in your decision. You can have your shiny, brand spanking new 64gb 3g Ipad at home and then spend a few hundred on a quality refurbished laptop that will more than meet your needs. These can be bought online from a number of retailers and is the most cost effective laptop solution for work needs.