I have been wanting some sort of laptop or surface type thing for a while. My phone is great for communicating but that is about it.
Thing is I don't want a laptop, too expensive, ugly, under powered, bad form factor and bulky at least for high power ones.
A tablet like the surface pro or something is just not powerful enough or expandable for my liking. Lots of "Built for the landfill" in the design.
So I came up with a solution/compromise.
Their exists a high powered NUC. 6th gen i7 6770HQ CPU, 4 core 8 thread hyperthreading, 2.6Ghz and turbo up to 3.5, up to 32GB DDR4 2133 RAM, up to 2 m.2 SSDs, an SD card slot I think micro, AC WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, wireless dispaly and all sort of other potential good jazz like Thunderbolt 3 for external GPU and plenty of USB 3 and even IR.
In have been using a 9.7" iPad screen as one of my main displays on my desk top for a year or two now and love it. DisplayPort 2048x1536 4:3. There are also 10.1" 1080p screens in nice cases with touchscreen working. So one of those as the screen and there are a few more options and sizes too.
So a NUC on the back mounted to a Tablet display potentially with touch capabilities. Huge speed and options. All in a little cluster I can easily whip in and out of my bag and have on in about 7 seconds.
I all ready have the keyboard part down, The Keyboard Guy, so I can have a wireless Bluetooth mechanical 60% keyboard to carry with it if I need one. The mouse would be taken care of by a Steam Controller, I have had one for a while now and have a desktop/chrome config that is super easy to use as a replacement for my mouse, I all ready do use it as such to be lazy in bed on my desk top. The NUC has 3d printing files so I can look up the dimensions and make a bracket for the screen to mount super secure to and compact, metal too if I can help with heat dissipation.
Potentially a one cable plug in and full power desktop on the go.
The Intel ark page for the CPU: http://ark.intel.com/m/products/93341/Intel-Core-i7-6770HQ-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_50-GHz
Screens: 10.1 inch 1080p screen HDMI. https://m.aliexpress.com/s/item/32678036130.html
10.1 inch 10 point touch 1920x1200, INA little frame already to be mounted. https://m.aliexpress.com/s/item/32707476010.html
A 13.3 inch 1080p IPS 10 point touch panel. https://m.aliexpress.com/s/item/32673376620.html
I could go completely crazy and mount a 15.6 inch 2160p panel to it. Would be nuts but less portable than I want. https://m.aliexpress.com/s/item/32698667247.html
So with the technical and parts out if the way. Like I said I need something with some power and usefulness out on the go. I use my phone and it is great but not a power user type thing. I like music and have Ableton and its Push MIDI controller which is large but thin and easy to carry. I get random music ideas all the time but frequently have to drop them and forget as I have no way to take them down in any useful quality or medium. So this powrrtable powerful tablet thing would be perfect to just take out, plug in and get the stuff done quick. With a keyboard to take notes quick or do emails and what not. The steam controller as a wireless mouse, make no mistake this is not a gaming aimed machine at all but it can game, the controller is solely for mouse functionality not gaming. The CPU has enough power to run Linux a few times over and windows easily. I would like to see if Mac will play nice as it is all stock Intel, some hackintosh searching might be the thing for it.
It would be like an upgrade to Wendel's original iPad screen PC with the Lian Li case. Smaller, more portable and plenty powerful.
This is something I would love to do but would take time, quite a bit of it. But it is also something I intend on following up on in some form, maybe less powerful or large, but shoot for the moon I guess. Cheaper than a comparable laptop power wise and user serviceable/upgradeable. I really like the idea.