• Netbooks and tablets make for great travel devices

    2010-07-08

    As technology improves, computing power is becoming available in more compact sizes. For proof of that, one need look no further than Apple's iPad, or any of the many netbook models that are revolutionizing staying connected on-the-go.

    It's becoming increasingly unnecessary and unfashionable for business travelers and vacationers to take large, bulky laptops on trips. Apart from the strain of carrying heavy devices around, laptops take up more space, which, in the era of increased baggage fees, is never a good thing.

    For the uninitiated, netbooks are essentially a smaller laptop with reduced functionality. There is no optical drive for CDs, but as companies move toward cloud computing, and movies are available as a digital download, that's less important. What they do boast is internet connectivity and battery life at a reduced price. In addition, there's enough processing power to handle normal tasks like watching videos or word processing.

    Meanwhile, tablets like Apple's iPad are also becoming popular, however, the iPad is not the only brand on the market. Fujitsu, for example, makes a line of tablets with large screens and fold-out keyboards. These compact devices can boast more impressive specs than some netbooks, and are also a great way to read digital books.

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