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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.
Keeps getting better
Windows 8 wasn't that great on tablets when first introduced, but that's a thing of the past. Microsoft has quickly added features and modified others to make the tablet user experience pretty darn good.
See related: Most significant mobile tech of 2013: Windows 8.1
The Windows 8.1 update really makes using tablets a good experience. It adds lots of useful features that makes using Windows by touch a great thing.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 is getting ready to roll out, and while most new features are aimed at mouse and keyboard users, they should also work well on touch tablets. That will especially be a benefit for those using a Windows tablet as a laptop, as highlighted in the next slide.
(Image: Ed Bott/ZDNet)