Tablets are great for portability and versatility. They make accessing data and programs on the go simple and quick and are becoming increasingly powerful, meaning you no longer need to compromise on functionality. In spite of their advantages, tablets can still fall short, particularly when it comes to areas such as control and ergonomics. One quick and easy way to correct such shortcomings is to go back to basics and invest in the right input devices for your needs. Devices such as keyboards, mice, wireless presentation remotes and trackballs have been around a long time and boast real ergonomic and efficiency benefits. Of course, the relative importance of different input devices depends on the task. Here’s a brief rundown of how the right input devices can improve your workflow and help you to utilize the full potential of your tablet.
- Wireless Presentation Remotes
A confident and dynamic presentation can make a real difference to your business. Communicating your message effectively is never easy and it’s even harder if you’re not in total control of your material. A wireless presentation remote lets you manipulate and manage your presentation effortlessly and minimizes interruption, meaning you can concentrate on what matters; engaging your audience. One problem with some tablet devices is the lack of available USB ports. However, with a wireless Bluetooth presenter such as the PresentAir Pro, you can pair with your device without having to invest in a USB hub.
- Wireless Mouse
The mouse is the most common and popular input device by dint of its affordability and convenience. In spite of developments in touchscreen technology, the mouse is often still the best device for all-round work. Whether using a tablet as a portable computer or as a desktop by connecting it to a monitor, it helps to have a mouse that offers real flexibility and convenience. The size and multi-device compatibility of a wireless mobile mouse mean it can be used as and when you need it, without fuss or clutter.
That said, mouse use is not without its limitations and drawbacks. As well as being linked to certain computer related injuries and musculoskeletal problems, a mouse doesn’t always offer the level of control and precision needed. Long popular with CAD designers, trackballs are an alternative that offers more precise cursor control, reduces stress and, ultimately, improves workflow and productivity. And, since they remain stationary, trackballs are especially convenient when desk space is at a premium. So, if you’re using a Windows tablet with USB ports, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, a trackball can give you the sort of productivity usually associated with desktop PCs and laptops.
- Wireless Keyboards
One of the most obvious weaknesses of a tablet is often the keyboard. Whether using a hardware or software option, the size and spacing of the keys is inevitably reduced, affecting the positioning of your hands and wrists, as well as reducing your words per minute. If you regularly use your tablet at a static workstation, a Bluetooth or wired keyboard can make a real, tangible difference to the way you work, as well as helping you to get the most from your tablet.
Touchscreen offers an intuitive and direct way of interacting with your tablet device. Although many gestures require you to use your hands, there’s still something to be said for using a stylus when possible. Natural oils and dirt can build up quickly on a tablet screen. As well as greater precision, a stylus helps to prevent smudges and keeps your screen clean and easy to use. Many styluses are multifunctional, often including a pen or even Bluetooth presenter functionality and help transform a plain tablet into a real and genuinely productive alternative to a laptop or desktop PC.
What input devices do you use to maximize your productivity? Which are best suited to your workflow? Comment below and let us know.