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Which tablet PC is best for business?

We put three iPad killers to the test

While Apple's iPad has captured the public imagination, these three PC tablets will help with the heavy lifting.

The £1.400 Portege M780 review unit included 3GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, a DVD Multi optical drive and a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-520 processor that can speed up to 2.93 GHz when needed.

There's also a model with a Core i3 processor and one with a Core i7 processor along with 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. A base configurable unit starts at £1,100.

The system did well, if not spectacularly, as far as battery life was concerned: at two hours and 35 minutes, it fell between the other two models I tested.

For security-conscious users, the Portege M780 has a fingerprint scanner.

There's a good assortment of ports around the edge, including three USB ports (one of which doubles as an e-SATA connector), a connection for an external monitor, headphone and microphone jacks, FireWire and ExpressCard ports, and a flash card reader.

However, unlike that the EliteBook 2740p and LifeBook T900, it lacks a SmartCard reader.

It has a dial-up modem, Ethernet and 802.11a/g/n wireless networking.

In my tests, the Wi-Fi had a range of 95 feet. Unlike the other two, this system doesn't have an optional 3G modem.

The Portege M780 includes Windows 7 Professional and comes with a three-year warranty.

In terms of size, weight, performance and battery life, the Portege M780 is middle of the road between the minimalist EliteBook 2740p and the larger LifeBook T900. If you want a good, all-round tablet PC, the Portege M780 does the trick.

NEXT PAGE: Conclusions

  1. We put three to the test
  2. Fujitsu LifeBook T900
  3. More on the Fujitsu LifeBook T900
  4. The HP EliteBook 2740p
  5. More on the HP EliteBook 2740p
  6. Toshiba Portege M780
  7. More on the Toshiba Portege M780
  8. Conclusions

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