Workers want tablet with keyboard, Forrester finds
A full 62 percent of information workers who own or would like to own a tablet prefer a tablet with a keyboard, according to a survey conducted by Forrester Research.
More than one-quarter of information workers would like a tablet with a keyboard that turns into a small laptop, while more than one-quarter prefer a wireless keyboard.
At the same time, 34 percent of information workers said that they prefer a tablet without a keyboard and a computer for tasks requiring typing.
Despite the apparent desire of workers to have tablets with keyboards, 86 percent of tablets used in the workplace are touch-first iPads and Androids, Forrester noted.
J.P. Gownder, principal analyst and author of the report based on the survey, wrote in a CIO Magazine column that "Tablets empower a different kind of content creation--one that differs definitively from both PCs and smartphones. As such, tablets are increasingly used as productivity enhancers by workers, who are realizing that tablets don't have to be laptop replacements to generate productivity."
Gownder noted that 60 percent of the information workers with laptops said they used their laptops three or more hours per day, while only 23 percent of those with tablets use those devices that much.
"We also asked workers to rate--on a five-point scale, with five indicating strong agreement--whether they would prefer to do all of their work on a tablet and get rid of their computers entirely. Only 33 percent agreed with this notion (with a score of 4 or 5). Clearly, then, workers who use tablets aren't thinking of them as identical to laptops," he wrote.