We would share my laptop screen and as I tried to highlight important UX aspects of the web application, I would awkwardly have to point with my finger or use the mouse to direct the viewer's attention. This setup is only made worse when I have to actually input data. In that case, I have to shift the keyboard and monitor away from the viewer. This is distracting at the very least.
I've been considering getting a tablet and VNCing into the laptop so the client will have their own screen to look at. Meanwhile, I can use my laptop ergonomically without slowing down the pace of the presentation. If the user wants to try out the application themself, I can easily switch devices with him/her and guide them through the software.
So, why have a tablet instead of another laptop/netbook?:
1. It takes up less deskspace; sometimes Starbuck tables are especially tiny. Even at the client's office, I don't think it makes a good impression when you make them 'work' to clear off the desk to get some space for YOUR presentation.
2. I've noticed some users aren't especially comfortable using touchpads. Having a portable mouse requires space, setup time, and the batteries introduce another potential 'oops' moment.
3. It makes me look more successful/modern/credible/sophisticated/interesting. I can't be entirely sure on this, but I have an inkling that a tablet is 'awesome-looking' enough to sub-consciously make a good impression.
4. It's easier for me to carry a laptop and a tablet around rather than two laptops, or even a laptop/netbook combo.
Have any of you guys used tablets as part of your presentations? How did you like this setup?
If you have any other related thoughts, please share.
This post has been edited by The Architect 2.0: 14 March 2012 - 06:53 AM