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  # 1342401 13-Jul-2015 17:23
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 Hooked up my my Surface RT to use as a desktop PC, and it worked ok. Although that had 2GB or RAM, also has video out, and office which doesn't require a subscription. But this HP one doesn't have the crippled RT operating system.


Yeah, don't get me wrong, a tablet can work well as a netbook/laptop, or desktop if its the right kind of hardware. Or at least okay. Particularly with the newer m-core models coming out.

But it really does need I think, native video out - and I have found some 1 GB devices painfully slow at times. As it is, a tablet will run slower than a full desktop, laptop, one really doesn't want to make that gap larger (as an example, my two year old, then second hand HP desktop, with 6gb of ram and and SSD upgrade is still a lot quicker than a new high end tablet which would cost more than it did two years agp).

At the same time, a cheaper windows tablet, or USB computer, can be a pretty darn good entry level machine on a budget, especially if one doesn't know how to assemble ones own desktop. You might even be able to tolerate 1 GB ram (I wouldn't) but you really must have a video output.

And adding a video output here, would cost more than getting a tablet that has an HDMI, and more ram, and also more than a USB stick computer, with more RAM. So cost effective wise, and speed wise, for a PC, this model is not the best idea IMO. 




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  # 1342441 13-Jul-2015 17:53
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Dreal:

And adding a video output here, would cost more than getting a tablet that has an HDMI, and more ram, and also more than a USB stick computer, with more RAM. So cost effective wise, and speed wise, for a PC, this model is not the best idea IMO. 


That's where I got to also...

 
 
 
 


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  # 1342512 13-Jul-2015 19:22
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richms: Yes but I have those deals from the last stream 7 and a samsung tablet I bought. So if buying another doesn't add a year to my office then there is little point.


Yes they stack (well the MS one does, i have had 2 stream 7 and 2 codes gave me 2 years


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  # 1342525 13-Jul-2015 19:55
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Did a series of gaming tests on this 10 months back

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL57r9fJ-GMHeSj1EScsdaKDnMWYBYrumo


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  # 1342858 14-Jul-2015 10:46
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nathan:
It would be good to know what you don't like about Tablet mode. I feel it's working well in the latest builds.


I've got the stream7 running with win10, and I don't know if it's a win10 or a stream7 being underpowered problem, but I find that when in tablet mode I often fail to get keyboard popups when I select text boxes.  I also get frequent crashes of explorer, and general stability issues.   I'm exclusively using modern apps with it as they are setup for touch.  

Aside from tablet mode I've BSODed it a couple of times too.  But like I said:  I'm uncertain if this is a stream7 issue, or win10.

(edit: it DOES stream my xbox1 really well over a VPN to the work lunchroom though.. so it achieves the task it was purchased for :) )




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  # 1342860 14-Jul-2015 10:47
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what Windows 10 build?



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  # 1342872 14-Jul-2015 10:58
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I've spent about 8 hours with Windows 10 build 10162 on the Stream 7 in tablet mode and I find it pretty speedy for a 1GB RAM tablet.  Browsing is great, videos play fine, start menu launches every time.  The settings panel in notification area doesn't load first time though, need to swipe it twice to access.

I would say the performance is very consistent - just fast enough the whole time.  Windows 10 on my Venue 11 Pro 4300Y i5 8GB is far more inconsistent in comparison - sometimes slow, sometimes fast...

 
 
 
 


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  # 1342916 14-Jul-2015 11:25
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nathan: what Windows 10 build?
It was set to fast ring, I've not got it with me to check.




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  # 1343086 14-Jul-2015 15:00
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Mine seems fine too. I had to get the right drivers from HP for the windows button & screen rotation to work. But otherwise seems all good, another good feature is the charging off USB.... will make a great device for the kids in the car or plane.

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  # 1344532 15-Jul-2015 11:33
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i like this little tablet ,only let down is could do with a little  bit more ram....the screen is excellent for the money we paid for it..now just need a cheap docking station but they seem to be more  expensive than the whole tablet ....any cheap i idea's can do charging and do mouse and keyboard same time? i have connected mouse to it.....







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  # 1344538 15-Jul-2015 11:48
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if you have soldering skills you can easily make your own charging and synch USB cable



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  # 1344594 15-Jul-2015 12:29
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cokeman2: i like this little tablet ,only let down is could do with a little  bit more ram....the screen is excellent for the money we paid for it..now just need a cheap docking station but they seem to be more  expensive than the whole tablet ....any cheap i idea's can do charging and do mouse and keyboard same time? i have connected mouse to it.....



Did you get this for the $99?

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  # 1344782 15-Jul-2015 14:30
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cokeman2: i like this little tablet ,only let down is could do with a little  bit more ram....the screen is excellent for the money we paid for it..now just need a cheap docking station but they seem to be more  expensive than the whole tablet ....any cheap i idea's can do charging and do mouse and keyboard same time? i have connected mouse to it.....



Did you get this for the $99?


yes

 at noel leeming hamilton  still plenty left  there at the  moment. dont think they last long thou.








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  # 1344788 15-Jul-2015 14:33
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I got mine in Kapiti they had heaps. But at first thought it was a pricing error and weren't going to sell it too me.

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