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Alienware notebook with docking connector

Mon Dec 22 18:05:22 GMT 2014 - 17 minutes ago

Completely agree.  The USB docking stations work, but it does require the cable, and it doesn't provide power.  The USB docking stations also require a lot more CPU & RAM.

Decent Docking Station for Ultrabooks

Mon Dec 22 14:49:59 GMT 2014 - 2:49 PM

I have a few more complaints and ideas that I would like to add to this suggestion.

I own an XPS13 ultrabook and I am very frustrated with the current state of the art of docking stations for ultrabooks. For years I have used Dell Latitudes (at least five if not more models) and I have always been very happy their docking station support: Pop in, pop out. The concept of a USB docking station (at least the D3000 model that was recommended to my by Dell) together with Win 8.1 is still flawed in several ways:
  • No "power" button: This means you need to keep your laptop open in order to reach the power button. Yes, you can play some tricks so that Windows doesn't sleep when you close the lid but that setting also applies to when the laptop is not plugged in. Clearly a missing hardware feature that needs to be addressed by Dell.
  • Many software problems:
    •  Windows does not correctly change scaling: When I log into Windows first when undocked, Windows applies DPI scaling for XPS13's high DPI screen. Then when I dock to use an external monitor, Windows does not propery switch off high DPI scaling and the UI looks horrible: Some fonts are too large, some too small, and many look interpolated. Because of this problem I find myself using the XPS13 undocked and in unergonomic positions a lot more frequently than with previous laptop because I dread the restart.
    • Software problems in Windows, such as a mouse pointer that for periods of time turns invisible when mouse pointer is not moved for a second or two. Only violently monving the mouse turns the mouse pointer visible again until it is not moved for a second or two when it disappears again.
    • I encountered at least one game (Portal 2) that crashes when laptop is connected to USB docking station and uses a dock-connected external screen.
Disclaimer: I spent hours searching for solutions to either of the three problems and could not find anything that fixed them. It could be just a configuration problem on my machine but I figured I will put this out there in case other people encounter it, too.

I don't know whether the "software" problems are caused by Windows or by a Dell driver but (assuming it is not just a problem on my machine) Dell should use it's market power and resources to work with Microsoft on designing a USB docking station that comes as close as possible to a seamless experience as the Latitude series. In my opinion, proper docking support is prerequisite for the professional market, for people who spend many hours a day in front of their computers, and the price of XPS13s is definitely in that range. Today's incomplete hardware solution, buggy realization in software and fiddling with a minimum of two cables is NOT professional.
 

GameGirl

Sat Dec 20 05:10:33 GMT 2014 - 2 days ago

I think the Alienware Alpha pretty much sums that up and there are lots of emulators online for gameboy games.

​Fix Alienware 17 Fan Tables

Thu Dec 18 21:18:02 GMT 2014 - Dec 18, 2014

Third-party thermal paste is an option but one that will not help as much. The temp drops would not be as significant as having the fans run at 100% instead of ~60%. They would also need to pick a paste that for sure couldn't cause damage so CLU and IC Diamond are out, AC5 is pretty old and not great. They would also need to have someone applying it correctly and considering the factory paste application quality you'd probably still need to repaste it. Enthusiasts that care about getting the lowest temps and highest clocks would repaste anyways as well. 

Eye Mouse

Thu Dec 18 02:42:38 GMT 2014 - Dec 18, 2014

Forgot to say... a camera on the screen (built in or external) could track your eyes

A mobile studio/device for artists

Tue Dec 09 21:21:11 GMT 2014 - Dec 9, 2014

Ya a number of years ago I had the idea of having a laptop but without a keyboad and instead a touchscreen tablet. There was a company that had one out back then and figured they had a patent I can't recall their name but I've now seen a couple of other ones out there one notably by Acer - http://www.cnet.com/news/acers-dual-touch-screen-iconia-laptop-reviewed/   This ones a dual touchscreen laptop but it has a good start but there a couple things that could be changed to make this work for multimedia design and creation. First off the second touchscreen only works as a keyboard this would have to work as a tablet would. It would be nice if this tablet lso had a number of workspaces programmed into it or make it possible to create your own work space.
 There is a controller out there (which gave this idea initally) that is a midi and audio controller its called the Jazz Mutant Lemur - http://www.jazzmutant.com/lemur_overview.php Now this allows you to create your own control surface on it touchscreen and use it to control your music software. Like you can add faders to control your fader tracks, x,y boxes to control your effects and 2 knobs at once, matrix editor for programming midi or to use to program your drum tracks like a drum machine, and I guess the real point here is you can create your own workspace to do what you want it to do and switch between several of them!

So I was thinking of the same thing but with Drawing, Drafting, and Photoshop in mind. Where can create a custom workspace for any of your programs - so in photoshop if you want to cut out a picture you can put that on the "keyboard" touchscreen so you can visibly track along the object and cut it out by like drawing on it. This would also be great for people who  draw or draft it would be like those really good Wacoms where the picture your drawing is displayed on the tablet so you can see what your drawing on.

It would also be nice if it came with some physical button on the side to switch between the workspaces you've created quickly. Like go from a keyboard (maybe even on with a virtual touchpad if you like a mouse and clicking) to a photoshop workspace to any number of workspaces you have for your drafting or 3d modelling or drawing! You could also maybe create workspace with faders and knobs and x,y pads. I know photoshop has a number of slider based parameters you can adjust so creating a workspace with these sliders pre assigned to the paremeters you'd typically adjust could help improve workflow, same with all the other programs (music software isnt the only thing that has to work this way anything with parameters can be assigned to a knob or a fader or coupled into a x,y pad)

Anyway as you can see I've had a number of thoughts on the idea since it's a few years old but if someone was good enough to build one - you know without delay and compatible with all stylus, and a dynamic customizable interface, I think it could cross all markets of media creation from music to photos, to Corel drawing, Drafting, 3d modeling and rendering, to even web design!

Wyse thin client (WTOS or zero client) laptop with 18.4" screen ***or larger***

Tue Dec 09 20:40:29 GMT 2014 - Dec 9, 2014

WHy wouldn't you network the power you need on the cart centrally and then use a portable terminal? This would be cost effective and you can stream or just transfer the data to like a tablet so all you would need is the tablet connected to the network which does all the work. I'm not sure if you'd still need an 18" screen to just read a chart but maybe someone will manufacture one for this purpose. I know there are ways of scanning barcodes mobily where you wouldn't need a 100lb cart.

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