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  1. #11


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Sure you can run a windows 8.1 tablet as desktop. I got the Asus Transformer for the wife. She wanted a small thing for travel and she only uses very simple applications.

    Her laptop in Germany died and if I cannot get it repaired (probably the mobo), I will hook the Transformer to a 19" TV that I have in the basement. We already have a Motorola Bluetooth Keyboard with trackpad and a bluetooth HP mouse. Then she should be all set.

    The quad Atom CPU is amazingly fast and for storage we use a 32GB MicroSD card plus an external SSD in a USB3 enclosure that I had also been lying around. That is a fast combo on the Transformer's USB3 port. We use it mainly for images.
    Last edited by whs; 01 Feb 2014 at 23:57.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 2
    winodws 8.1


    Why pc is dying? PC is home appliance like TV, fridge and washing machine. Never die
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  3. #13


    I have attached a miniHDMI cable running from my Windows RT to a 21" HDMI capable monitor and with a bluetooth
    mouse and Microsoft Wedge bluetooth keyboard, looks just like my Windows 8 Pro I-5 deskop PC.

    I even can create a full college level report in Office on the tablet like this. Easy Peasy.

    Sure, I can't do CAD work but then I never do CAD work. LOL.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Sure you can run a windows 8.1 tablet as desktop. I got the Asus Transformer for the wife. She wanted a small thing for travel and she only uses very simple applications.

    Her laptop in Germany died and if I cannot get it repaired (probably the mobo), I will hook the Transformer to a 19" TV that I have in the basement. We already have a Motorola Bluetooth Keyboard with trackpad and a bluetooth HP mouse. Then she should be all set.

    The quad Atom CPU is amazingly fast and for storage we use a 32GB MicroSD card plus an external SSD in a USB3 enclosure that I had also been lying around. That is a fast combo on the Transformer's USB3 port. We use it mainly for images.
    Could you have done all that with an ipad or android tablet?
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  5. #15


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by orlandotek View Post

    Sure, I can't do CAD work but then I never do CAD work. LOL.
    If you needed to, use TeamViewer or something similar to remotely connect to your main workstation that has CAD software.

    Now you can do CAD work on your ARM based tablet.
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  6. #16


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Sure you can run a windows 8.1 tablet as desktop. I got the Asus Transformer for the wife. She wanted a small thing for travel and she only uses very simple applications.

    Her laptop in Germany died and if I cannot get it repaired (probably the mobo), I will hook the Transformer to a 19" TV that I have in the basement. We already have a Motorola Bluetooth Keyboard with trackpad and a bluetooth HP mouse. Then she should be all set.

    The quad Atom CPU is amazingly fast and for storage we use a 32GB MicroSD card plus an external SSD in a USB3 enclosure that I had also been lying around. That is a fast combo on the Transformer's USB3 port. We use it mainly for images.
    Could you have done all that with an ipad or android tablet?
    I know nothing about iPad, but I do have an Android Nexus 7 tablet with which I could do the same setup. It has an HDMI port, my Bluetooth keyboard and mouse work on it and with the OTG cable I can attach external devices.

    But I never thought of doing that because that tablet is setup for on the go. I use it for navigation, trip planning, free phone calls (even from Europe to the US), webradio and web TV, an occasional check of my mail plus a lot of fun applications that are of the 'consumption' type or at best simple things like the wife plays Sudoku on it. E.g. when I am bored, I listen to the airport traffic control at airports around the world.

    I do have a complete office package which I bought from the Playstore for $6 - I was just curious what that is - it is pretty good. But a tablet does not lend itself to that kind of work. Maybe drafting a letter is OK, but an Excel type application I would not venture to make.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Sure you can run a windows 8.1 tablet as desktop. I got the Asus Transformer for the wife. She wanted a small thing for travel and she only uses very simple applications.

    Her laptop in Germany died and if I cannot get it repaired (probably the mobo), I will hook the Transformer to a 19" TV that I have in the basement. We already have a Motorola Bluetooth Keyboard with trackpad and a bluetooth HP mouse. Then she should be all set.

    The quad Atom CPU is amazingly fast and for storage we use a 32GB MicroSD card plus an external SSD in a USB3 enclosure that I had also been lying around. That is a fast combo on the Transformer's USB3 port. We use it mainly for images.
    Could you have done all that with an ipad or android tablet?
    I know nothing about iPad, but I do have an Android Nexus 7 tablet with which I could do the same setup. It has an HDMI port, my Bluetooth keyboard and mouse work on it and with the OTG cable I can attach external devices.

    But I never thought of doing that because that tablet is setup for on the go. I use it for navigation, trip planning, free phone calls (even from Europe to the US), webradio and web TV, an occasional check of my mail plus a lot of fun applications that are of the 'consumption' type or at best simple things like the wife plays Sudoku on it. E.g. when I am bored, I listen to the airport traffic control at airports around the world.

    I do have a complete office package which I bought from the Playstore for $6 - I was just curious what that is - it is pretty good. But a tablet does not lend itself to that kind of work. Maybe drafting a letter is OK, but an Excel type application I would not venture to make.
    That's what I figured, with certain android tablets that can be done.

    Not that I would do that....
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