Gaming Tablets: Gaming and Productivity On The Go

In a world where technology is progressing faster than we can keep count, gaming tablets are now the new fad of the market. For those who are unaware, gaming tablets do work just like your standard iOS, or Android tablet, but their hardware is more inclined towards gamers. By giving you top of the line design, as well as the specs to boot, the manufacturers are sending you off to the races.

However, the important question that gets raised here is just what exactly a gaming tablet can possibly do. Well, if you look at it, there are many things that you can do. Your gaming tablet does not limit you in any way possible, and with mobile gaming becoming better and better, now is the right time to buy the gaming tablet as well.

Keeping the ever so increasing popularity of gaming tablets in mind, we have curated a small but handy list of things that you can do with a gaming tablet. This will certainly interest those who have purchased a gaming tablet, or those who are thinking about it.

We have already covered an in-depth round-up on the best gaming tablets, but many people are still unaware of the number of things that they can do with these tablets. If you have not guessed it already, these tablets are not just for gaming.

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There is no point of a gaming tablet if it cannot stream. Now when it comes to streaming, you have two categories; you can either stream the games that you are playing on your tablet through Twitch and YouTube. Or you can stream the games from your PC, or your console.

The latter sounds a lot more complicated, but we will get to that as well. As far as the streaming directly from the tablet is concerned, that is entirely possible. Using your gaming tablet, you can live stream all the Android or iOS games directly to Twitch, or YouTube with ease. All you need is a stable enough internet connection, and powerful hardware. But since we already have the latter, we do not have to worry about the hardware.

Now, this is the part where things get interesting. With powerful hardware, you can only wonder if you can stream games from your PC directly onto your tablet. The short answer is that you can.  How? Last year, Steam decided to launch Steam Link app on both iOS and Android. The app worked just like the actual Steam Link does, but it was to provide the functionality of streaming games from your computer to your mobile phones, or tablets. Simply head over to the respective store, download the app, set it up, and you are good to go.

The app is still in beta stages, so you will experience some bugs, but nothing too deal breaking. The important part, however, is that you will need a very stable internet connection if you wish to play properly.

Through Steam Link, you can play the games using the Steam controller, MFI controller, or other supported controllers.

The entire competitive gaming scene is growing rapidly. With more and more games coming in the market that is offering you some degree of competitive play, it is only fair to wonder if you can play competitively on a gaming tablet as well. In all honesty, it is possible.

Ever since the launch of PUBG, and Fortnite on mobile operating systems, people have been religiously playing these games. With a gaming tablet, you will certainly get the performance edge over the competition, and you can certainly take part in competitions that are being held locally, or online for that matter.

Plus, with Apex Legends possibly coming to Android and iOS, it is only going to get better.

Tablets and smartphones have come a long way; mobile photography is a thing and editing photos on the go is something that most people love doing.

If you do have a gaming tablet with powerful enough hardware, and photography is something that you just genuinely love, then you can actually do some amazing productivity work like editing photos on the go using either Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.

Additionally, if you are a writer, you can attach a Bluetooth keyboard to your tablet and type away your articles. The truth is that if you are looking to productivity tasks on a gaming tablet. You would only be limited by the lack of software.

Media Consumption

There is no denying that with great screens, the tablets are absolutely amazing for media consumption. This only raises one question, and that is whether you can use streaming services on a gaming tablet. Well, the answer is that as long as your tablet is compliant of the Netflix and other similar apps, and is running the required operating system, there is no reason why you should not be able to use streaming services on a gaming tablet.

Benchmarking the Best Gaming Tablets

Now that we have looked at everything you can do using a gaming tablet, it is time to benchmark the best options available in the market. This will only make things easier for you should you choose to buy a tablet for use. In order to get a fair performance measure, Below are the benchmarks of these tablets which include GFXBench for the graphics performance and CPU performance. Both single and multi-core scores are available for you to look at.

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The only viable conclusion that we can draw from this opinion piece is that gaming tablets can do a lot more than just play games. Whether you are looking to stream games directly from your tablet, or stream games to your tablet, the options are certainly there. Sure, you are paying a premium for these tablets, but the good news is that by properly using them, you are going to gain a lot more use from them, and it will be well worth the money.

Bill Wilson
Bill is a certified Microsoft Professional providing assistance to over 500 remotely connected employees and managing Windows 2008 to 2016 servers.