Tablets like the Microsoft Surface try to bridge the gap between tablet and laptop. If you prefer a larger desktop setup, however, you can create one with the right peripherals.
Chris Hoffman details some of the tricks you can use over at PC World, and it's a bit trickier than you might think. Unlike a laptop, some tablets only have micro USB ports for your peripherals, while others may not have an easy way to connect to an external monitor. Hoffman goes through some of the workarounds for hooking up your mouse and keyboard, external monitor, and even suggests a few apps for making the experience better. (Note that you'll want a tablet with Windows 8, not Windows RT, if you want a true desktop experience.)
Overall, it's not hugely different from hooking a laptop up to some external peripherals, but this guide will help you get around the bumps in a road a tablet might present. Hit the link for the full post.
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