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Does a tablet PC cost more than a laptop?

Posted on 4-May-2005 11:21 by M Freitas | Filed under: Blog


Does a tablet PC cost more than a laptop?
I got my tablet PC less than year ago, and being a Windows Mobile user I was already thinking mobility benefits when using a portable device. Since then I've been using MindManager Pro (a review will be coming out soon) and Microsoft One Note for all my work with clients and internal business plans.

Now a coleague is working organising the Wellington Tablet PC User Group and like me he is advocating the portability and mobility of these devices. He has published a blog entry analysing the
cost benefit of a tablet PC vs a laptop with similar hardware.

"This week I'm taking it a step further. I've identified a Toshiba Tecra M2 PM725 laptop and a HP TC1100 tablet that are similar. Both have 512MB RAM running on a 333MHz FSB and and a 5400 RPM hard drive. The laptop has a bigger screen (14.1" vs. 10.4") and a faster CPU (1.6GHz instead of 1.2GHz) and the tablet is lighter, more flexible and has a bigger hard drive (60GB instead of 40GB) and is more portable. But really performance will be about the same (so that takes care of point 2)."

The cost difference is NZ$800 or just over a dollar per working day if you assume a 3 year life. Check hist the tablet PC x laptop cost comparison.