Here at Komando.com, we've made the argument that a modern tablet can replace your desktop or laptop computer ... in certain cases. For web browsing, Facebook, email, watching videos, reading books and other basic tasks, a tablet, or even a smartphone, works just fine for many people.
Where tablets and smartphones still fall short is when you want to edit photos or videos, type long documents, do any serious gaming, use a large screen or print. Of course, those arguments are getting weaker every year.
Newer and more powerful gadget hardware is getting better at running photo and video editing apps. Third-party Bluetooth keyboards will help you out with typing. Click here to see a great Bluetooth keyboard available in Kim's shop.
Mobile games are getting increasingly complex, and can even link up with some PC or console games. Smartphone screens are topping 5.5 inches and Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch screen. Apple has an iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch screen as well.
That just leaves printing. Printing from a smartphone or tablet used to be a case of tediously connecting your gadget to a computer, transferring files and then printing from there. Over the years, direct printing from a tablet or smartphone has improved, but it could still be kind of iffy.
Have we now reached the point where it's truly hassle-free? Let's take a look.
Disclaimer: I do know plenty of people who say they're never going to trade their computer for a tablet, and if you're one of them that's fine. I'm one of them, too. However, you might find yourself needing to help a computer-free relative or friend with this exact problem, so it's good to know what's what.