Desktop computers or tablets – what's best for your business?



A Microsoft Surface Tablet that runs Windows 8.1.

A Microsoft Surface Tablet that runs Windows 8.1. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

With the huge upswing in mobile and portable devices accessing cloud-based software, tablets are the new generation of office “must haves” for Brisbane businesses.

Early tablet models weren’t exactly the best for business. They were pretty slow and accessing critical business applications such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel was often not possible.

Today though, many of the latest tablets on the market are certainly business grade.

Not only are they extremely lightweight, they’re stacked with the powerful features that previous desktop models included just a few years ago.

Reload Media’s resident IT experts Brett and Ashish recently highlighted the benefits of tablets over desktops.

Price: Price is the biggest advantage due to high competition among the tablet makers.

The average popular tablet price is $500 to $800.

Compared to desktops or standard notebooks with the same networking and web access speeds, they’ll be much cheaper and less cumbersome for general business use.

And there are some great deals out there. Check out JB Hi-Fi, Kogan, Megabuy and Deals Direct and shop around your quotes.

Flexibility: Tablets offer greater flexibility compared to traditional desktops.

As they’re lightweight, portable and smaller in size, they can be used anywhere. They’re perfect for interstate travel and great on planes with those small workspaces.

Tablets are great for giving sales and training presentations directly from your device – no need for USB thumb drives.

They often feature Wi-Fi and 3G/4G capabilities for access to cloud apps on the road. This is great for updating customer data in real time for any location with connectivity.

Convenience: Tablets are popular for their powerful and efficient business apps.

There are limited file compatibility issues due to cloud software. All you need is a web browser to access apps such as Skype, Evernote, Passbook and Dropbox.

And some tablets are now available with HDMI port facilities that enable connections to monitors for plug and play.

Llew Jury is the Managing Director of ReloadMedia.com.au and LlewJury.com

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