Because a laptop screen hinges at the back, you need more at least 50cm of room just to open the laptop and tilt the screen to an angle that you can see. Then you need some extra space so that you can reach the keyboard.
It all adds up to bad ergonomics, RSI and neck strain!
With a Tablet PC however, you can work comfortably on even the most cramped budget flights.
Because you work on and over the Tablet screen, you only need about 30cm of space to work comfortably.
The Motion Computing CE 1700 clip on keyboard has the advantage of being centrally mounted which means that you can also use it in laptop mode with a keyboard in a more cramped space than a laptop would allow.
It’s great to be able to use that time when you’re stuck at 40,000 feet to get ahead on emails! In fact, I wrote this blog entry high above Canberra on the way back from CeBit in Sydney today.