Best and worst tablet notebooks

The Apple iPad may have everyone talking, but tablet PCs have been around for ages. Here are some of the best

The tablet space may be currently exploding thanks to the popularity of Apple's iPad, Dell's Streak, the Telstra T-Touch Tab Android Tablet and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, but tablet-convertible notebooks have been around for many years and are a good tool for graphic designers and other professionals.

In this round-up we've included a selection of the tablet-convertible notebook PCs that we've reviewed since mid-2008. The most prominent manufacturer of tablet PCs is Fujitsu, but Lenovo, Dell, HP and Panasonic (with its Toughbook notebook PC) also play in this space.

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-19MK3

It's a hefty investment, but if you work in a field that's tough on regular laptops — and you've already gone through thousands of dollars worth of dead laptops as a result — the Panasonic Toughbook CF-19MK3 might be a worthwhile proposition.

  • Review Date:
  • Reviewer:
  • Manufacturer:
  • 11th Aug., 2009
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Panasonic
  • Rating:
  • Price:
  • 3.75
  • $ 7,499.00
  • Pros:
  • Small, built like a tank, tablet-convertible; useful for covert ops, recon missions
  • Cons:
  • Tough features come at a high cost, embedded 3G modem is not standard, doesn't use a solid-state drive
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