Desktop, Laptop and Tablet Computers - UK - August 2011
For this report, the term “desktop” refers to a computer that is intended for regular use at a single location. It encompasses towers (which stand upright) and those designed to lay flat (both of which generally have external displays) as well as all-in-one computers with integrated monitors.
The term “laptop” in this report refers to a computer for mobile use, which has display, keyboard, pointing device, and speakers integrated into one unit. The definition encompasses netbooks, notebooks, as well as ultra-portables.
The term “tablet” in this report refers to a slate-style computer for mobile use, with an integrated touch screen primarily operated by touch as opposed to digital pen, stylus, or external keyboard. It excludes convertible notebooks, sometimes also known as tablet computers, which are laptops with a swivel monitor. It also excludes any smartphone/tablet hybrids that can make calls via mobile voice networks, such as the Dell Streak 5.
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