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Old 12-13-2014, 05:13 PM
 
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I know this is a stupid question, but I really don't understand the distinction between a laptop and a tablet. I have had a series of laps, and I have a Kindle, but what, in general, makes a tablet a tablet? And what are the advantages/disadvantages?
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Old 12-13-2014, 05:29 PM
 
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The technical difference between a laptop and a tablet is the form-factor (physical form). A tablet is a mobile computing device that resembles a slate with the screen and/or input on a single plane surface.

A laptop is a mobile computing device that contains input (keyboard, pointing, etc) on a different plane than the screen. Typically consisting of only two planes attached together by a hinge.

There are many tablets that can convert into a laptop by, either, attaching an additional plane or flipping the screen up and around to unveil a hidden plane.

Please note that while the structure of a tablet is always referred to as a "plane", the actual device is, indeed, a 3-dimensional device. It is not completely flat with 0 depth.

Tablets are typically smaller, and lighter. Laptops typically have more powerful hardware, but larger and heavier. Laptops have keyboards and pointing devices while tablets typically do not.

Some OS's are only available on certain kinds of devices. For example, Apple iOS is only available on tablets and phones. While Apple OSX is only available on laptops and desktops. Android can be run on both devices. Windows can be run on both devices (but not all devices run the same build of Windows). Those are just some examples.
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:15 PM
 
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Thank you for your response. Apparently Ashton Kutcher is working with the Chinese company, Lenovo, creating some sort of tablet. Wonder what that will be like. I think my first lap was a Lenovo but then, I thought, they went out of business....
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:31 PM
 
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Thank you for your response. Apparently Ashton Kutcher is working with the Chinese company, Lenovo, creating some sort of tablet. Wonder what that will be like. I think my first lap was a Lenovo but then, I thought, they went out of business....
Lenovo is the largest PC manufacturer in the world. They also make the famous line of "ThinkPad" laptops which are popular in corporate world and known for their high quality and reliability. I personally think that the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is one of the best all-purpose tablets around.
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:33 PM
 
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Yeah, there was a two page ad in a glossy magazine once with Yo-Yo Ma having one. I thought they quit making them for some reason. Will look on Amazon.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:50 AM
 
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The problem with the Lenovo (and most new laps) is that I'm not seeing they have a CD slot on the side (not sure what you call that). I want the lap not just for school later but primarily, right now, to store and work with the Rosetta Stone language programs. And there are a lot of negative reports about downloading the programs, versus loading them with disks.

Are disks becoming completely outdated?
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:54 AM
 
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I'm thinking this one:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A2SB7F6PLETY1W

Don't know how to determine if it has a CD slot on the side.
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:18 AM
 
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The problem with the Lenovo (and most new laps) is that I'm not seeing they have a CD slot on the side (not sure what you call that). I want the lap not just for school later but primarily, right now, to store and work with the Rosetta Stone language programs. And there are a lot of negative reports about downloading the programs, versus loading them with disks.

Are disks becoming completely outdated?
Almost none of the newer laptops have them, especially the very thin and light ones like that.

You can get an external USB DVD drive for very little money.
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:21 AM
 
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I'm thinking this one:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A2SB7F6PLETY1W

Don't know how to determine if it has a CD slot on the side.
There isn't one.

I don't know of any of the 11" or 13" convertibles that have space for an optical drive.
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:21 AM
 
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You can get an external USB DVD drive for very little money.
Can you recommend one (suitable to that laptop)? The ones on Amazon seem to have a lot of bad reports.
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