Notebooks Remain Best Business Productivity Choice, for Now - Slide 6

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One aspect of the notebook that we tend to underestimate is its versatility in terms of support for peripherals and external devices. This ranges from the simple keyboard and mouse, to peripherals such as a printer, external soundcard and data storage devices.

Indeed, notebooks can even support external graphics adapters by means of USB-based DisplayLink adapters, as well as all kinds of expansion cards connected via the ExpressCard slot. On the other hand, there are very few peripherals available to a tablet or smartphone device beyond what the manufacturer offers.

Looking to ditch your notebook in favor of a tablet or even a smartphone? The late Steve Jobs famously spoke of a "post-PC" era when unveiling the iPad 2 early last year. Yet in spite of the tablets and smartphones that many of us own, reaching for our notebook is probably still a regular occurrence for most of us.

Paul Mah wonders if perhaps the transition is meant to be a long and trying one for him, as he’s never found it possible to do much work on a tablet without a certain amount of advance planning and preparation. For now, he’s identified five reasons why notebooks are simply a better productivity choice for small and mid-sized businesses.

Content originally published on SmallBusinessComputing.com, part of the IT Business Edge Network.

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