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Chapter 2. Why the Tablet PC? > What Is the Tablet PC?

What Is the Tablet PC?

The Tablet PC is a notebook computer that can operate without a keyboard. Instead, Tablet PCs receive input via the use of a special pen or via speech input. Pen input (called digital ink on the Tablet PC) enables the user to write on, and interact directly with, the computer screen, bypassing the hand-cursor disconnect often encountered with mouse input.

Although the Tablet PC can receive input via digital ink, it should not be mistaken for a simple pen computer. Most pen computers are touch-screen devices, which can actually impair productivity for those who need to rest their hand on the tablet to draw or write. The Tablet PC, on the other hand, does not employ a touch screen, which means you can use it more like a real-life notebook. The pen input of the Tablet PC makes it a perfect platform for taking notes, sketching, painting, and marking up documents and drawings.


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