Top Tablet PC Accessories

Laptop and desktop computers offer lots of great features, but they’re so last decade. If you want the hottest new device in the tech world, consider upgrading to a tablet.

Tablet computers boast better compactness, battery life, and arguably, more style than their laptop counterparts. These thin, touch screen based computers have been around in one form or another for more than 20 years, but the tablet game really started to heat up after Apple released the iPad in 2010. Now, a wide variety of competitors have shown up, expanding the tablet market into new territories and making them more prominent than ever.

Benefits to tablets include their ease of use, speed, their ability to display books and notes, and gaming potential. However, they also have their shortcomings, including the difficulty typing on them and limited hardware.

For this reason, investing in accessories is a great way to get the maximum potential out of your tablet PC. From cases to battery boosters and external hard drives, there are many ways you can turn your tablet into the ultimate computer on the go.

In this article we’ll look at some of the most popular tablet accessories and learn about how they can make your computing life a little easier.

Cases

So, you’ve just bought yourself an expensive, fancy new tablet computer. But you’re not going to just walk around carrying it out in the open, are you? It could get scratched or broken! That’s why every tablet computer needs a good, protective case.

Cases are among the most tablet diverse accessories available. There are cases that are made of leather and fold open, or vinyl ones with plastic windows that leave the screen exposed. If your tablet is going to be seeing some heavy duty, there are hard plastic cases that offer lots of durability. Some even include straps so that your device can be transported easily over your shoulder, like a messenger bag.

There are some truly innovative cases on the market. Take, for example, Apple’s iPad Smart Cover. It comes in colorful flavors and has magnets that snap it onto the side of the iPad to cover its screen. In addition, the cover has folding sections that let you turn it into a stand for easy typing or movie watching.

Battery Packs

What’s worse than running out of power on your tablet, or any other device? Nothing, that’s what. Suddenly, your cool new piece of technology has become an expensive paperweight. Fortunately, there are ways to boost your battery life so you can keep working as long as you need to.

Some tablets, like those made by Toshiba, have batteries that can be replaced by the user. One way to go is to buy an aftermarket battery pack that you can keep fully charged, and then swap it out for the old battery when yours runs out of juice.

Other tablets have attachments or docking stations that attach to the USB port or some other access point and provide an extra battery boost. There are a lot of options here;

Accessory Keyboards

As we’ve already discussed, tablets have a lot of great advantages. However, typing isn’t typically one of them.

While many tablets have excellent screen-based keyboards, they still lack the response time and tactile feel of an actual, physical keyboard. This can make typing lengthy reports and e-mails on your tablet a time consuming endeavor.

Fortunately, many tablets have external keyboards available. Some operate with an external connection to the tablet, while others use Bluetooth connectivity. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer has an available keyboard and dock accessory that effectively turns the tablet into a netbook