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Give it a good look, and call us in the morning if it's right for your business.

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Mobile computing has gotten flatter-and more flexible-since the tablet PC came onto the scene earlier this year. We took a look at a host of first-generation machines to see if their capabilities live up to their promises.

Whether buying for yourself or for your employees, what you should look for in a tablet PC is a lot like what you would look for in a regular laptop. While the operating system is the same, there are two hardware forms that tablets take. The first form (notebook-style convertible) looks like a laptop, but the screen swivels around and folds down on top of the keyboard to create a tablet look. The second form (slate tablet style) comes as a flat tablet but has a separate keyboard that works either wirelessly or through a USB cable. The convenience of a built-in keyboard is nice, but the slate tablet forms weigh less (a plus for mobile warriors).

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