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    Just thought I'd share since not many people know about it.

    Microcenter sells a windows 8.1 tablet with a full size usb 2.0 port for 59.99. This is not windows RT, so it should be fine for a pure Vagcom machine

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/4...Tablet_-_Black

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    I wonder how much Microsoft subsidizes devices like this?

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    Microsoft doesn't charge a license fee for under 10inch devices.

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    Yeah, I understand that. But at $60 retail somebody has to be losing money. I'd expect the BOM costs for that device to be more.

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    In case anyone is looking for an inexpensive tablet to run VCDS via windows, Microsoft store has the HP stream 7 for $79 right now (plus a $25 gift card and annual subscription to office worth $70). It's almost like getting a free tablet if you can make use of the free microsoft software.

    http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/02/hp-st...rd-79-shipped/

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    I bought a $59 WinBook TW700 just for VCDS and is ok so far

    Quote Originally Posted by VJR021 View Post
    Anyone have good luck with the Windows 8.1 tablets?

    I was looking at the Dell 8 inch, it uses a Micro USB, but it can be adapted to the regular USB, unless that is a bad idea.

    Some of the others have full size USB anyway.


    Thoughts???


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    As I noted, I bought this http://www.microcenter.com/product/4...Tablet_-_Black locally for $59 new. It has a full USB 2.0 port, microSD, HDMI out, 802.11n, bluetooth and an IPS screen running FULL Windows 8.1. Now the limitations, 1gb RAM and 16GB memory. This cripples anything more than VCDS and basic email, web searches. It comes with an offering for Office 365 btu after Windows Updates and a couple installs you are left with nothing. I have reverted to using it pretty much only as my "car" computer. Battery last long and microUSB charge port allows you to plug into car adapater charging units that you probably already have for you smartphone. I have run VCDS off it with my HEX-NET both Wifi and USB and works well. VCDS in landscape mode is easy to read and control. Some small stutters but its a low powered chip and the 1GB of RAM really hurts this with a few background apps. Like I said, car computer ONLY.



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    Yup -- that's how you make the classic VCDS more mobile on the cheap.
    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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    It must be unofficial Microcenter day.

    I picked up an 8" TW801 as an open box deal for $80. The screen isn't as nice as the HD display on my wife's Nexus 7, but for the price and my intended use, I don't care. I'll try it out on my car later this evening.

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    I have used VCDS with Microsoft Surface Pro tablets (both the original and the Surface Pro 2) without any problems at all.

    Michael

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    Sure, but Surface Pro tablets tend to be a bit pricy for most people.

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    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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