An optical drive seems like a largely unnecessary accessory these days. You can easily download most programs or media you want from the Internet or transfer what you need from one computer to another with a USB key or memory card.
I still don’t own a tablet. I like the concept of having a light computing device that I can carry around, that’s large enough to let me read books and surf the web at ease, but a touchscreen is limiting and lacks some of the standard functionality of a laptop. So in the end, you just have another mobile device to lug around. Read more…
While tablets have quickly become popular they are not always practical for school or work. I love using my iPad 2 for watching videos but a physical keyboard is essential when I want to be efficient in taking notes and preparing presentations. Laptops are a good alternative but they’re not as portable as tablets. A great in-between solution is a netbook like ASUS’ Eee PC.
The other day when I fired up my laptop to check my e-mail, I was astonished to see more than 800 new messages in my inbox, only a portion of which were the usual Nigerian princes telling me I’d won the European lottery sponsored by Viagra and payable in replica Rolexes.
As leaves begin to reappear on trees and grass starts to push up through previously snow-sodden ground, another springtime phenomenon is blooming: the full-on, all-out tablet computing craze.