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10 reasons to buy a Windows tablet
Tablets, tablets, it seems everyone either has one or wants one. Those considering to bring one home often first think of the iPad or a Samsung tablet. Those are fine tablets but with the push Microsoft is making to ensure Windows 8 a good fit for tablets, they should also be considered.
The iPad is a top selling tablet for a reason, and Android models are moving in increasing numbers. While these are solid purchases for some, Windows 8 tablets are just as good in some areas and better in others.
There are quite a few reasons that a Windows tablet is a good fit for many buyers, and these 10 may be enough to push some tablet shoppers in the direction of Windows.
It's all about choice
Having options available is always a good thing for tablet shoppers, and Windows has them. While other platforms running tablets have only one (Apple) or a few brands (Samsung, Google, etc.) to choose from, that's not the case with Windows tablets.
Nearly every major PC maker now has one or more tablets in its line, and there's a good selection to choose from. All of the major PC brands are on store shelves: HP, Lenovo, Dell, Asus, Sony, Samsung, and Acer, to name a few. It's a shopper's paradise as favorite brands are likely represented in tablet form.
The growing selection of tablets brings choice in the form of size. Windows tablets are available with screen sizes from eight to thirteen inches. Buyers can get a tablet with a size to best fit the expected use.
Choice isn't limited to just brand or size, the big selection also yields a highly competitive environment. That means there are tablets available in a range of prices to fit buyers' budgets. At the time of this publication there are Windows tablets priced as low as $250.
Even hybrids can be found for reasonable prices. The Asus Transformer Book T100 (see ZDNet review) comes with the tablet and laptop dock for around $300. The model below is only $350 and it is not the lowest hardware configuration.
Plug it in
Windows tablets are full PCs with a thin slate form. Most can do anything that their bigger siblings can do, and that includes letting owners plug peripherals in to do stuff. These include (but aren't limited to) keyboards, mice, external hard drives, and DVD drives.
If you can plug something into your PC, you can almost certainly plug it into your Windows tablet. You can also plug external monitors into the tablet to form a desktop system, and in most cases plug it into that big-screen TV in the living room.
It's true plug and play, and plug and work when appropriate.