Ask Our Experts: A Tablet PC You Can Use Outside

Can you recommend an affordable tablet PC that has an exceptional screen for outdoor viewing?

Jim Ciernia, San Luis Obispo, California

Senior Editor Narasu Rebbapragada responds: Look for tablets whose screens have options for extra brightness (measured in nits) and/or an antiglare coating; screens with these options generally cost a bit more than standard screens. Companies use different naming conventions for their premium-screen technologies--Fujitsu's term is Color-Enhanced Crystal View, HP's is BrightView, and Sony's is Xbrite. A couple of recommendations: HP's Pavilion tx2000 tablet with a BrightView wide-screen display starts at $1300. Fujitsu's Stylistic ST5100 Tablet PC comes with a reflective, front-lit display that's optimized for outdoor, daylight viewing, but it starts at a pricey $2649.

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