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Can tablets replace laptops in the enterprise?

They're smaller, lighter, more portable and can do just about everything that laptops can do. But enterprise tablets haven't replaced PCs -- at least not yet.

The iPad Pro, Surface Pro 4 and other tablets are becoming more prevalent in the enterprise. But can tablets replace laptops in the workplace? All signs point to yes. Today's enterprise tablets give laptops a run for their money on several fronts:

Performance: The performance of the processors and graphics processors in tablets is virtually the same or better than many laptops on the market. For example, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet has the same processor as the MacBook Air, but it has a better display and longer battery life.

Portability: Tablets are also generally lighter than laptops. Even with a 12.9-inch display, the iPad Pro weighs more than a pound less than the 13.3-inch MacBook Air. Lighter still are the iPad Air 2 and the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Accessories: It has traditionally been hard to use tablets to give presentations in conference rooms and other business settings. Now, more companies have tablet-compatible dongles, Wi-Fi-enabled projectors and streaming devices such as Apple TV to address that problem. Bluetooth keyboards for tablets today are full-sized, and some provide an even better user experience than laptops' native keyboards.

All of these developments show that tablets can replace laptops in the enterprise. Whether they will or not remains to be seen.

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