Advantages of Windows Based Tablets

April 25, 2016 at 5:49 pm

A Windows-based tablet has the advantage of compatibility with your other PCs and associated software. They also generally tend to have the processing power of a laptop making them a bit more powerful.

Many people are excited by Windows-based tablets since they can function more like a laptop or netbook. If you need a tablet that can run regular software programs, then a Windows tablet is likely a better choice than its competitors. In fact, the Microsoft Surface is a really nice tablet and something consider over a laptop. Unfortunately, the price is still a bit high for me but hopefully they will come down in a few years.

Windows Tablet vs iPad vs Android Tablet

With the growing selection of tablets on the market today it is getting more difficult to know how one compares to another. But we can break down tablet computers into 3 main categories based on their operating systems: Windows, Android, and Apple’s iOS.

The iPad is the device that really opened up the market for tablets. With the popularity of Apple’s iPhone and it’s growing application market, a large device with all the same functions and more was a great gamble. People use their iPad for internet browsing, email, videos and as an eReader among other things.

Android tablets are used for the same purposes as an iPad. Android has its own market of apps and Android phone users enjoy having a tablet that is compatible with their phone. Android tablets have gained in market share likely also due to their multiple price points.

Windows tablets are still a bit young in the market. But there does appear to be a market for the added functionality that a Windows-based tablet can provide that the others don’t: the functionality of a laptop as far as computing power. A Windows tablet can run all of the same software as your laptop or netbook, yet is even more portable.

So if you would like to have the functionality of a laptop in a smaller size (software, printing, etc), then a Windows tablet is worth considering. The best Windows tablets will come at a cost and will also be heavier, but it all comes down to what you will get the most use of.

Comparing Tablet Features – Operating Systems

If you are interested in a tablet you first need to understand the differences in operating systems. There are iOS (iPad), Android (multiple manufacturers), and Windows (multiple manufacturers). The iPad and Android-based tablets will each have their own affiliated app libraries. Windows-based tablets will run standard PC programs.

The screen size is another important feature to consider. A smaller screen will be harder to read but it will also be cheaper. Screen resolution is important also, especially if you will be watching movies on your tablet.

The tablet processor is important to compare as it will control how quickly your tablet runs. The memory size (RAM) will also contribute to speed. Even the best cheap tablet can be slower than a tablet with a good processor.

Lastly, be sure to compare storage size. If you plan to save large files (like videos) then storage size will certainly be important.

Build Your Own HTPC

April 16, 2016 at 9:52 am

A home theater PC, or HTPC, is a home theater system designed around a computer allowing for streaming of music and videos through your television. In other words, a dedicated computer is connected to your television and interconnected with other devices to give you a centralized and powerful home theater experience.

Generally, an HTPC is something you build yourself and for that reason it is not for everyone. But if you are trying to build an HTPC or have one up and running, there are more and more accessories you can incorporate into your build to make it even better. Things like keyboards, remotes, and wireless mouse among other things.

First, check out this article from LifeHacker.com and this video from YouTube:

How I Built the Media Center of My Dreams

HTPC Alternatives – Video Streaming Devices

If you are considering building an HTPC but feel overwhelmed, these alternatives may work for you: Roku, Google Chromecast or the Amazon Fire. You won’t get a full HTPC experience, but you can stream videos and more to your TV.