Tablets and Laptops versus Desktop Computers

This table refers to how notebooks (tablets and laptops) are typically used in our work environment her at UW. It is worth noting that some of the noted differences are settable either way in Windows XP but configured as such for logical productivity and security reasons.

 

 

Tablet/Laptop

Desktop

OS

WXP/ Tablet or Multimedia Edition

WXP

 

Lock Computer

same

 

CTRL-ALT-DEL to Task Manager

Same, but also “Lock Computer” etc.

 

Hibernation mode

NA

 

Offline files (if no Fast User Switching)

NA

 

Synchronization with servers

NA

 

Intellimirror (phone-home) may have to change

Intellimirror (phone home) stationary

 

Domain versus stand-a-lone GINA

Domain only

 

Multiple profile requirement

Available but not required

 

LAN/Modem reconfiguration

NA as typically stationary

 

Additional device support

Printers + accessories typically don’t change

 

Local policies

Local and domain policies

 

File sharing

Departmental shares

Features

Handwriting recognition

NA

 

Speech recognition

Limited

 

Document Annotation

Limited

 

Screen rotation

Limited

 

Pen gestures

NA

Form Factor

Convertible

Desktop

 

Slate

Desktop

 

Portable

Not

 

Docking Station (hot)

NA

 

Light Weight

Not

Power Management

Screen Dimming

NA

 

CPU Speed Control

NA

 

Wireless on/off

NA

 

Fast Standby resume

NA

 

Ultra-low voltage processors

NA

Failsafe Power

Battery backup

UPS

 

 

Surge Protection

Modem

Built-in

Can be added

NIC

Wireless

NA

 

Add-in or on-board

same

Keyboard

Compact built-in or external

Full size

Pointing Device

Pad, nipple, pen or external

Mouse

Monitor

Built-in LCD or external

External

Expandable

External expansion only

Internal or external

 

USB

USB

 

CD/CDRW

Internal

 

DVD/DVDRW

Internal

 

Firewire

Can be added

 

PS2/Monitor/Serial/Parallel

Same

 

PCMCIA

NA

Memory support

Sometimes Compact Flash etc

Can be added via USB

Application Support

Support all tablet extensions otherwise same as desktop

Subset of tablet editions

Pen Support

Outlook

NA

 

Word

NA

 

PowerPoint

NA

 

Excel

NA

 

Many 3rd-party apps

NA


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Created by: Manfred Grisebach, IST – Systems,  May 5th , 2004