With news that Intel earnings were boosted by notebook PC sales (when exactly did "laptops" become "notebooks"?), comes new excitement over the next big portable thing: tablet PCs. News.com is hypothesizing that sales of tablet PCs could take off in the next three years. This week we released a roundup with videos by Associate Editor Michelle Thatcher trying a bunch out. The package could help you decide if a tablet's right for your work.
The devices, which let you, essentially, draw or write on a screen laid flat and have the PC save your scrawl for searches and other manipulation, are great for less-obtrusive note-taking or spreadsheet manipulating rather than typing with your laptop open. They're also good for giving close-up presentations or working in tight quarters, such as a car's backseat or on an airplane.