Saturday, November 05, 2005


Convertible Notebook vs Table PC

Marc commented on the “Convertible Notebook” vs Tablet PC marketing spin that Gateway is pursuing. Personally, I think this is a smart move by Gateway. People are comfortable with notebooks, and to think that they are going to get extra functionality in a device they are already familiar with is much safer than thinking about embracing a new fangled technology. Could we be seeing the beginning of the end of “Tablet PC” in marketing pieces? Don’t know – depends on how successful Gateway is.

In essence that is what the convertible tablet is: a convertible notebook with added functionality. The slate tablet is essentially a notebook computer with no keyboard – the slate pc. I think the “slate” descriptor will stick with those devices. In the end, they are all mobile PCs.

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