My Perfect Windows 8 Tablet

With Computex in full swing and Windows 8 Release Preview being released last week, I think it’s time I start thinking about a new tablet.  A few of my colleagues and I have been really excited about having a tablet that can also double as a media center.  In fact, one of them currently uses his Samsung Slate in just such a fashion.

  • 10″ or 11″ display with >=200ppi
  • Minimum of 8 hour battery life
  • Ivy Bridge CPU
  • Active Digitiser for pen support (yay OneNote!)
  • TPM Module
  • WIDI or WHDI
  • USB 3 port
  • HDMI port
  • 64-128GB SSD
  • >=4GB RAM (would like it to be upgradeable)
  • Ideally, the ability to drive 2 24″ external monitors

Based on what I’ve seen so far, this definitely looks like it could be possible in the very near future!

Update: Well, after the MSFT announcement, it looks like we have a tablet that is definitely a front-runner (Pro).  There are some outstanding questions, but it looks like it ticks most of the boxes…

  • 10″ or 11″ display with >=200ppi – 207 ppi!
  • Minimum of 8 hour battery life – No idea yet…
  • Ivy Bridge CPU – Yes!
  • Active Digitiser for pen support (yay OneNote!) – Yes!
  • TPM Module – We think so!
  • WIDI or WHDI – No idea yet…
  • USB 3 port – Yes!
  • HDMI port – DisplayPort gives the same flexibility!
  • 64-128GB SSD – Yes!
  • >=4GB RAM (would like it to be upgradeable) – Not sure, but should be 4GB!
  • Ideally, the ability to drive 2 24″ external monitors – No, but a matrox dualhead2go would work.

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