Notebook Tablets Provide Great Alternative for Small Businesses

It’s a laptop. It’s a tablet. It’s both.

As tablets are taking over the consumer market, some small business owners are hesitant to switch to the new technology. Productivity in many entrepreneurial tasks requires full PC functionality, including an easy-to-use keyboard. The ability to stream movies, play games, or draw a new artistic masterpiece are rarely relevant to business environments.

Still, there are instances where a tablet can come in handy. Scribbling notes using a stylus in meetings, for instance, or demonstrating a website to a client. What if you had a laptop that allowed for the screen to be removed when a tablet was needed, then returned to the keyboard when it was time to once again type?

That’s the very question electronics manufacturers seem to have asked themselves. The “notebook tablet,” as it’s being called, provides a hybrid model that makes tablets a useful option for small business owners. Here are a few of the latest and greatest notebook tablets on the market.

HP Envy x2

Featuring an 11.6-inch diagonal display and views that are clear from every angle, the HP Envy x2 is ideal for watching movies and listening to music, thanks to Beats Audio. Built-in Near Field Communication prepares you for the next big thing in technology and magnetic connectors for easy connecting. Hard drive space of up to 64GB and 2GB RAM are available. Two USB ports, an HDMI port, and a memory card slot round the HP Envy x2 off. The lack of a CD/DVD-ROM drive can be a bit of a stickler for small business workers, who occasionally need to install software or access client files via optical drive. All in all, the HP Envy x2 features an innovative, lightweight design that may be just what small business owners are looking for.

 Dell XPS 10 Tablet

The Dell XPS 10 Tablet comes with an optional mobile keyboard dock. The tablet comes with the unpopular Windows 8 RT operating system, which is a lighter version of Microsoft’s latest operating system. One of the best things about the XPS 10 is its almost-unbelievable 16-hour battery life when docked on the keyboard, making it perfect for those on the road all day. The tablet features two USB ports, a mini-HDMI port, and covered micro-SD and micro-SIM slots. The tablet comes with either a 32 or 64 GB hard drive and the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, designed to power the Windows 8 RT operating system. While the RT operating system may be a drawback for some, Dell lovers may want to check this one out.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101

ASUS has become a serious contender in the laptop market in recent years, offering a variety of options. The Transformer features the Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system, which can be an adjustment for Windows lovers. With Polaris Office 3.0 included however, business users can edit, create, and save presentations, word processing documents spreadsheets, and more. Still, the lack of Microsoft Office on this model could be a big negative for business users. The Transformer TF101 offers up to 16 hours of battery life when docked, 1GB RAM, 16GB or 32 GB hard drive space, two USB ports, and one card reader (MMC/SD/SDHC).

Tablets are still iffy for business users, but with this keyboard dock option, businesses now have a way to enjoy tablet functionality without sacrificing the convenience of having a keyboard. At prices that are easy on most small businesses’ budgets, notebook tablets may start popping up at businesses across the country.


About Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.