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The Death of the Laptop

When the first mass-produced portable computer hit the shelves in the early 1980s people thought the future had arrived.

These portable computers slowly became known as laptops and since then they’ve reigned supreme. Until now. Find out why we are predicting the death of the laptop.

Laptops used to be perfect for zipping from meeting to meeting or travelling with work. But with the rise of the tablet, a new way of working has been born.


The tablet has become ideal for passing around in meetings, slipping into a lightweight bag and for reading documents and presentations. Plus you get a touch screen display, lightweight body and, with the better quality models, a battery that will allow you to keep working all day without a recharge.

Apps and operating systems

Tablets like the Microsoft Surface 3 even come with Windows built in, so they can offer an experience that’s pretty much identical to what you get on your PC. But whether you choose a Windows, Android or iPad tablet, you can add Microsoft Office 365 with key apps such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. And they’ll work just like they would on your desktop or laptop.

Keyboards and kickstands

With an attachable keyboard you can get down to some serious work too.

Some tablets, like the Microsoft Surface 3, double as a screen cover. So it’s still lightweight and easy to carry, but gives you just as much functionality as a laptop. And the handy kickstand means you can adjust it to get just the right viewing angle. Others, like the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet offer a clip-on keyboard that’s light enough to take anywhere. And with its waterproof body, it’s perfect for working outdoors.

Work anywhere

And if you choose a tablet with 4G capability, you can connect to the cloud and work virtually anywhere, without the need for a Wi-Fi connection, so you can take your office with you wherever you go.

So, with all that available to you, who needs a laptop?

Find out more about the tablets that could replace your laptop at O2 Business shop.

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