Mini tablet PC (Win 8.1) to use as dedicated controller

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Dave
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Re: Mini tablet PC (Win 8.1) to use as dedicated controller

Post by Dave » Sun May 31, 2015 8:35 pm

halfnormal wrote:
Dave wrote:[When is your OTG/charging adapter supposed to arrive?
Good news Dave, the dongle arrived and it works!

Here it the info

Dell Mocro USB Dongle for Data and Charging

http://accessories.dell.com/sna/product ... u=470-abes

Still loving the tablet. I did not think I would be using a Win8 tab at all. I am a die hard Android user but this tablet has changed my mind. I have a dozen other ideas to use it for now. I am sure I will be obtaining a few more in my future.
Awesome. 8-)

At $20, I'll definitely pick one up. It's funny that a USB adapter dongle is half the price of the whole tablet, but I suppose that just shows how good the original deal was. ;)

Here's the manual for the adapter, by the way:
http://downloads.dell.com/Manuals/all-p ... _en-us.pdf

... and a picture:
Image
Dell Website wrote: Highlights

Provides 2 input ports such as micro-USB port and full-size USB port
Easy to connect essential peripherals, such as external hard drives

Overview

The Dell™ Micro USB Dongle for Data and Charging is designed to provide Dell Venue Tablet users easy port expansion, by allowing them to add an additional full-size USB port while also simultaneously charging the device via the micro USB port. Easily connect your essential peripherals, such as external hard drives, while also concurrently charging your Venue Tablet via the Venue’s charging cable. Moreover It is easy to throw this small, compact dongle in your pocket or bag and take in on-the-go in order to stay productive virtually anywhere. This dongle simply plugs in to your Venue’s micro USB port. With all these features and more it provides 2 input ports such as micro USB port and full-size USB port.


Manufacturer Part# : H3H90
Dell Part# : 470-ABES

Compatibility
This product is compatible with the following systems:
Venue 10 (5050)
Venue 10 (7040)
Venue 10 Pro (5055)
Venue 8 (7840)
Venue 8 Pro (5830)
I tried a whole bunch of coupon codes, but couldn't find any that apply to this accessory. It looks like the shipping is free though.
//edit: Ordered two. $39.98 + $2.20 tax = $42.18, with free next business day shipping. 8-)

Dave
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Re: Mini tablet PC (Win 8.1) to use as dedicated controller

Post by Dave » Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:11 pm

They arrived this afternoon and seem to work great! :D It hardly has any weight to it at all, and it sounds like it is hollow inside.

Interestingly, neither the "Manufacturer" part number (H3H90) or the Dell part number (470-ABES) that are listed on the Dell website appear on the dongle itself.
Instead, the tag says:
DELL
XGJT2
CN-0XGJT2-25960-558-406W
REV A00
... and the anti-static bag it came in is marked:
CN-09XHRG-25960-558-406W
REV A00
So if you're searching for one of these in the future, those are the numbers to look for.

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Re: Mini tablet PC (Win 8.1) to use as dedicated controller

Post by halfnormal » Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:35 am

Dave wrote:They arrived this afternoon and seem to work great! .
I am glad you are as happy with them as I am!

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Re: Mini tablet PC (Win 8.1) to use as dedicated controller

Post by bharbour » Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:15 pm

Got my OTG cable and hooked up the mouse and turned on the Bluetooth keyboard. Nice little setup with my HP Stream 7. Can't wait to try it with the SO2.
No longer have a Shapeoko, but use a machine of my own design...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFY4gC9TqD0
http://deltaguitarworks.tumblr.com

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Re: Mini tablet PC (Win 8.1) to use as dedicated controller

Post by Dave » Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:43 pm

bharbour wrote:Got my OTG cable and hooked up the mouse and turned on the Bluetooth keyboard. Nice little setup with my HP Stream 7. Can't wait to try it with the SO2.
That's my next step too- a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Interestingly, Hipstreet makes a Bluetooth keyboard case for iPads, but not for their own W8 Pro tablet. :mrgreen: I'm planning on testing a fine point stylus as well, might not need a mouse if the stylus works well enough... But after testing things for a while, I can tell that for precision work (and even just normal usage in the desktop mode), a finger is not good enough. ;)

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Re: Mini tablet PC (Win 8.1) to use as dedicated controller

Post by halfnormal » Thu Jun 04, 2015 12:41 am

bharbour wrote:Got my OTG cable and hooked up the mouse and turned on the Bluetooth keyboard. Nice little setup with my HP Stream 7. Can't wait to try it with the SO2.
My initial test with a USB keyboard on the tablet was with the Logitech K400R keyboard. It is an all in one solution with a built in touchpad. Works great. It is on the smaller side but so is the tablet!
k400r.png
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Measuring 0.4 by 14 by 5.5 inches (HWD). It's optimized for Windows 8. Touchpad is 3 by 1.8 inches (WD)

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Re: Mini tablet PC (Win 8.1) to use as dedicated controller

Post by bharbour » Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:16 pm

Now that I like...wouldn't have to worry about attaching a mouse...tnx for sharing! They are $24.99 at Office Max/Office Depot and my local stores show they're in stock. Gonna pick up one this afternoon!

BTW...if you have a Big Lots store around you can pickup an ihome mini mouse and a ihome 4 port USB hub all for around $12. They both work great with my Stream 7.
halfnormal wrote:
bharbour wrote:Got my OTG cable and hooked up the mouse and turned on the Bluetooth keyboard. Nice little setup with my HP Stream 7. Can't wait to try it with the SO2.
My initial test with a USB keyboard on the tablet was with the Logitech K400R keyboard. It is an all in one solution with a built in touchpad. Works great. It is on the smaller side but so is the tablet!
k400r.png
Measuring 0.4 by 14 by 5.5 inches (HWD). It's optimized for Windows 8. Touchpad is 3 by 1.8 inches (WD)
No longer have a Shapeoko, but use a machine of my own design...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFY4gC9TqD0
http://deltaguitarworks.tumblr.com

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Re: Mini tablet PC (Win 8.1) to use as dedicated controller

Post by halfnormal » Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:35 pm

Tiger Direct has the hipstreet 7" version brand new for $69.99

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... 32b3e636d2
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Re: Mini tablet PC (Win 8.1) to use as dedicated controller

Post by xfredericox » Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:22 pm

well today I received my WinBook and I must say it really seems to be a very neat value for money tablet.
http://www.amazon.com/Winbook-TW700-Tab ... B00QDJ2FUK
I bought mine for 60 bucks but they can be found for less than that.
http://www.benl.ebay.be/itm/WinBook-TW7 ... 1a010c5e77

It may not be suitable for video editing but it runs smooth for office use as far as i can tell.
GRBL controller 3.6 runs fine too.

I did set the graphics settings to 150% so buttons and icons are large enough to be easily clickable. Chilipeppr is a scrolling mess on that size of screen but the GRBL controller app is very suitable.
Tomorrow I will do a testcut from it.

The main advantage here is I can plug in a charge cord and still have a fullsize USB output. And a cheap USB hub enables me to add keyboard/mouse/memorysticks without hassle.
Since I intend to build it all into a case i think it will be a dream to work with as there is no hassle switching cables and the like.
Visit my blog for updates on my current SO2/lasercutting/... projects.
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Re: Mini tablet PC (Win 8.1) to use as dedicated controller

Post by bharbour » Sat Jun 06, 2015 12:27 pm

Be sure and let us know how the test cut turned out...
xfredericox wrote:well today I received my WinBook and I must say it really seems to be a very neat value for money tablet.
http://www.amazon.com/Winbook-TW700-Tab ... B00QDJ2FUK
I bought mine for 60 bucks but they can be found for less than that.
http://www.benl.ebay.be/itm/WinBook-TW7 ... 1a010c5e77

It may not be suitable for video editing but it runs smooth for office use as far as i can tell.
GRBL controller 3.6 runs fine too.

I did set the graphics settings to 150% so buttons and icons are large enough to be easily clickable. Chilipeppr is a scrolling mess on that size of screen but the GRBL controller app is very suitable.
Tomorrow I will do a testcut from it.

The main advantage here is I can plug in a charge cord and still have a fullsize USB output. And a cheap USB hub enables me to add keyboard/mouse/memorysticks without hassle.
Since I intend to build it all into a case i think it will be a dream to work with as there is no hassle switching cables and the like.
No longer have a Shapeoko, but use a machine of my own design...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFY4gC9TqD0
http://deltaguitarworks.tumblr.com

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