Being stuck in bed is no-one’s idea of a good time, but there are ways that it can be made a little more bearable and a little less stressful. For instance a great new laptop can not only be something exciting to play with that will take your mind off of your predicament, but will also give you the means to express yourself and get creative and the ability to read tons of articles and stories or to watch any film you can think of practically.
But not every computer is going to be ideally suited for use in bed. You won’t get much out of a desktop PC for instance if you can’t get yourself into your desk chair, so you need to choose the right devices. Here we will look at what the best and most practical devices are for those who are unable to walk for whatever reason.
Tablet or Computer? Hybrid!
The first question you might ask yourself is whether to get a tablet or a computer. On the one hand a tablet like the iPad will be very useful thanks to its being so light and easy to handle with a single hand. Tablets don’t get hot which means you don’t need to worry about using them in bed, they have a long battery life and they can be slung down the end without worrying when you’re finished with them. They’re also great for enjoying media so if you want to watch some films while you recover then an iPad or Android tablet is ideal.
Then again though, these devices are somewhat limited compared with ‘full’ PCs. For instance an iPad won’t let you run full productivity software such as Word, Photoshop or Dreamweaver meaning that you’ll pretty much be resigned to just chatting, playing games and surfing the web on it. Then again, those games are somewhat limited too – whereas something like Halo or Call of Duty will be much more immersive and a much better distraction. That’s why it’s better to get a device that has support for full Windows Pro and that has support for ‘legacy software’ – this way you won’t be limited in what you can use it for so you’ll have far more options available for work or entertainment.
So where does that leave you? With a hybrid device – a device with a removable keyboard that can be used either as a laptop or a tablet and that runs Windows 8 Pro. There are a lot of these devices out at the moment, so let’s look at the best ones.
The Best Hybrids/Slates for the Bed Ridden
Here are given some best hybrids/slates for the bed ridden you can consider:
The HP ElitePad
The ElitePad is a device from HP that has the benefit of running on an Atom processor. Although it runs full Windows 8 Pro, this does mean that it won’t be able to run the most high-end games or handle intense multitasking. What it does have going for it though is a super-long battery life (10+ hours), a light weight and a thin body. These devices let you do most tasks you could want to, but are light and easy to handle when you’re less mobile.
The Iconia W5
This is another device running on an atom processor, except this one takes that light weight and thin frame even further earning the title of the first Windows 8 Pro device under 8”s. This makes it easy to carry in one hand and incredibly light – it’s even possible to operate with one hand in some cases. It also comes with Microsoft Office free of charge, but of course it can be a little fiddly to use on such a small screen.
The Surface Pro
Microsoft’s ‘reference’ hardware designed to show off what Windows 8 is capable of. The Surface Pro is a great device that marries high-end build quality with impressive specs and super smooth operation. That said, it is a lot heavier than something like the ElitePad and it does rely on fans to keep cool. If you love technology and want something a bit more indulgent, and if you still have enough strength and mobility for something a bit bigger, then this is a great option.
There are many other slates on the market too, whether you’re looking at the Sony Duo 11 or the Yoga. Either way, these are great versatile devices that can be useful for creation or content consumption while their flexibility keeps them easy to use; they make perfect windows on the world when you can’t get up to see it yourself.
Today’s guest author, Jack Turner, works at Freedom Lift Systems which deals in residential platform lifts. His hobbies include swimming and gardening. Log on to http://www.freedomliftsystems.com/ for more information on his workplace.