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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.
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Many tablets are available in hybrid form, a slate (screen) that plugs into a dock that turns it into a laptop. These are tablets when you want one and laptops when you need one, as Microsoft is fond of telling us.
While tablets on other platforms can be used with external keyboards, few are as laptop-like as Windows hybrids. Some hybrids are difficult to tell that the screen isn't fixed like a standard laptop, the docks are so good.
Windows is great at instantly sensing when the screen is docked and undocked, so the systems always work with the hardware at hand. They are solid, albeit small, laptops, and often surprisingly good tablets. Road warriors can really benefit from a portable computer with this dual personality.