Each working day I spend between 5 and 8 hours working with my current computer. And it was only last week I realised my setup was quite different to everybody else, as I looked around the meeting table. Almost everybody else was using a laptop, whereas I've made the leap from laptop PC to slate PC permanently. So I thought I'd share it with you:
Up until May I was using an HP laptop – which I was very happy with. Good performance, nice graphics, and plenty of storage etc. And because I thought of myself as a power-user, I didn't think I'd be able to cope with a less powerful computer – and that seemed to include all the early slate PCs, which were good to demo with, but not something I'd considered as my every day PC.
But then I got my hands on a Samsung Series 7 Slate PC with all the bells and whistles I needed, and I'm running it with the released version of Windows 8. The one I've got (the sexily named XE700T1A-A05AU) has all the key ingredients I wanted:
Here's my typical desktop setup, with a second monitor plugged into the docking station, and a normal desktop keyboard and mouse. So it means that whenever I'm at my desk, I've got the perfect setup with a big screen, and then I can just grab it from the docking station and walk to a meeting just carrying the PC and a pen, without all the other stuff. So my bag is a lot lighter than it used to be.
With this setup, I've got something that works as a great desktop computer, and then is good for carrying to meetings. And if I'm using it at home in the evenings, then I tend to use it with touch and the new Windows 8 apps (for things like reading Twitter and blogs). The portability is a big bonus in our Sydney offices, where every desk is setup as a hot desk – I can sit at any desk in the building, and there's already a large monitor, keyboard and mouse ready to go.
I think your setup is the way of the futures. Tablet for grab and go then a desktop dock for full size at the desk.
I saw a comment elsewhere this morning (on ZD Net I think) where somebody was saying "but I'll never move from my desktop computer, because I need a big screen". Which is odd, because I've always had a two (or occasionally) three screen setup on my laptop computers, even before this slate.
Originally, with just a laptop, I'd normally close the screen and use the large screen(s) only - eg my home setup had two screens, one driven from the VGA port, and the other on a docking station (similar to the Toshiba DynaDock you see in the photo above)
Now, with the slate, I keep both screens going at the same time, as I'm using the touch features more often, even when I've got it docked and have a keyboard and mouse
Nice... something to work towards, I am still lugging around a Notebook as well as a Tablet...