If you’re looking to send a quick email or stuck in a waiting room, a tablet PC can be your best friend, but if you’re looking to do more advanced activities, you may need something a little bit more robust like a Battlestation PC.
In the past few years, computer manufacturers have seen a huge shift away from desktop with standard Monitor, Mouse, and Keyboard (MMK). Most of the shift can be attributed tablets and smarter phones, but some of the shift is due to adaptation. Major MMK PC manufacturers including Apple, Samsung, Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, and Lenovo all have shifted their product strategies to include tablet PC’s. The functionality and features are similar across most tablets whether on Apple iOS, Google Android, or Windows operating systems. You can easily read your favorite book, tweet a celebrity, and send an email on all tablet OS interfaces. Obviously, reading a novel is much easier than writing a novel on a tablet so there is still a need for advanced PC’s now and in the near future, but even adaptation here has played a role in closing the gap such as Monitor & Keyboard (MK) tablet format. Through Bluetooth, add-on devices such as keyboards can easily be connected to your tablet PC giving you functionality for word-processing. USB cables called On-The-Go, or simply OTG, also allow tablet PC users to plug in other USB devices such as thumb drives or wired keyboards. These adaptations still maintain a tablet’s mobility advantage as they can be connected and disconnected from the device.
So what’s the point of using a tablet PC over a standard PC if you do not have a sizeable advantage? Most tablets come in 7 to 10 inches screen sizes. Here’s where standard PC design has been adapted away from old standard MMK formats to multi-monitor setups. Multiple monitors allow users to increase their screen real estate giving them a more suitable solution for multi-tasking. Anyone who has upgraded their workstation to multiple screens knows there’s no going back once you’ve experienced multiple screens. The real question is what is the optimal amount of space that is right for you? Keep in mind that having multiple screens does not always increase productivity. Multiple screens can be distracting so your ability to focus is key. For some, a dual screens setup is the answer. Others would say three to four screens is optimal. I generally use five or six in my own setups.
So why do we need tablets again? A Battlestation PC would not be a very good carry-on item for your cross-country flight unless you have a really, really big bag, but it’s clear that a Battlestation PC is more powerful than a tablet for advanced functions and can give advantages in multi-tasking with additional screen space, and powerful computing ability making it great as a home or office workstation. Imagine you’re launching a shuttle into outer space. You probably want your ground support using a Battlestation PC, not a Tablet. It just makes sense. Space can be a lonely place though. If you’re the one on the ship, think about taking a Tablet PC with you to play some Words with Friends or Angry Birds. So it really comes down to screen square footage. Tablet or Battlestation? Which one is right for you?
Some common Battlestation screen setups:
MMK – One Monitor
MMMK- Two Monitors
MMMMK – Three Monitors
MMMMMK – Four Monitors
MMMMMMK – Five Monitors
MMMMMMK – Six Monitors