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My Next PC

7/4/2012 6:40:21 PM

Most of my adult life I’ve been using desktop PCs. Then for some time I’ve switched to a laptop docked to the monitor, network, etc. I wasn’t traveling at all at that time, so this was mostly pointless and underpowered setup. That said, at times I needed to take my work with me I didn’t need to do anything. Just take the laptop and go.

Then I switched back to a desktop. Then I started travelling a little more and having a desktop and a laptop that was collecting dust 90% of the time wasn’t convenient. You either have to manage your laptop for no reason or it’s outdated, etc. when you need it. So I switched back to a laptop based desktop system. Here’s how my workplace looks at the moment.


The keyboard and touchpad on the ultrabook just occupy the space most of the time. Plus all the ultrabooks on the market at the moment lack a dock option (as far as I know) so I’m plugging 4 cables each morning. But I like the idea that I don’t have to manage multiple computers and I have all my stuff with me whether I’m at work, at home or on the road. That said, even at home or when travelling I still don’t really need that laptop keyboard (it kind of sucks on the ASUS ZenBook, btw) unless I’m really doing serious work.

So here’s how I imagine my next PC setup should look (please pardon my graphic skills):


Ideally I want a pretty powerful Intel (as in not ARM) based tablet with a dock and support for external monitors (preferably more than one). So when I go home I take the tablet with me and use it as a consumption/entertainment device at home and when I’m back at the office I just dock it and I’m back in business.

I’m not sure if top of the line Surface will fit the bill when it’s released. Will it be powerful enough? And I’m not sure they’ll have docks. And it seems that it will support only one external monitor. However those touch/type covers would definitely be handy.

So who’s going to build my next PC?

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