Cheap Windows tablet runs SmartSDR

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Just an FYI... I needed a cheap and small Windows computer for some experiments I was doing. I found this: https://www.amazon.com/Windows-Fusion5-Ultra-Design-Tablet/dp/B00YCX7SGU for $160 including shipping. It's a 10" tablet with Windows 10, and I was pleased to find that it also runs SmartSDR just fine. I can sit on the back porch and operate my Flex-6300 with it via my WiFi network.
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Doug K4DSP
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Delbert McCord

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Thank You for the heads up, I just ordered one.
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Jerry - W2TXB

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Cool! For as long as I have had the FlexRadio@yahoogroups.com, I have not had (made) the time to set up remote ops.
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David G4NRT / Z21NRT

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Good tip, thanks Doug! 
This tablet is also available in the UK Amazon store for GBP120 which is just about the same! 

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Ross - K9COX

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Does not have any knobs. however it is $1,039 less than a Maestro and has other functions.
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Delbert McCord

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And there is a good chance I will receive it from Amazon. I ordered a Maestro at Dayton this year. Never got a call that It was going to be shipped and to pay for it. I for one have decided not to buy it when they (if they ever do) call me.
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Peter K1PGV, Elmer

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Looks like you found a good one! I'm amazed at the low cost of so many of these tablets. This isn't much more than the cost of a Windows license to many OEMs. I wonder how they make any money?

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Peter K1PGV, Elmer

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Ah... To follow-up on my own post on the cost of these tablets, and how they can cover the Windows licens cost: 10.1" is the "breaking point" for special OEM pricing. This size gets a super low cost from MSFT (think $15).

And,it's been publicly announced that screens less than 9" get no cost Windows licenses.

So, 10.1" is a magic size when looking for a tablet!

Peter
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Giulio

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Great! Please post a video on youtube!
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Jerry W4UK

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For a few dollars more you get a 11.6" screen and detachable keyboard, and it is at your local WalMart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/47055697?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227034893436&wl0=&wl1=...

You can attach the keyboard if needed. I have one of these and it runs SmartSDR just fine.

I have SSDR, MMTTY,and DAX running on it right now and they total about 25% CPU utilization with one slice. Takes about 50% total for four slices


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Mike W9OJ

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Do these tablet computers have built in microphones usable on voice modes?

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Doug Hall

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Mike,
The tablet I bought has a built-in mic. I worked some locals on 75m last night and they said it sounded OK but lacked low-end response. I didn't try fiddling with the TX EQ, but it might be possible to improve it with some adjustments there. In any case, it does work using the built-in mic. A bluetooth headset might be better.
73,
Doug K4DSP
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Got an Acer Aspire Switch 10, plays as a tablet or as a netbook, your choice. Runs SmartSDR V1.8.4, Runs CW Skimmer 10inch screen as well ( can run more than one CW Skimmer  ! ), SDR-Bridge, DDUtil, Write-log, has Window 10 with "Touchscreen" so plays like an iPad, detachable Keyboard, etc for $199 from Amazon, Same Atom Quad-Core with 32GB storage with 2GB RAM as the $160 Tablet mentioned above, with Bluetooth, 802.11, 1 USB keyboard side & 1 micro USB on tablet side, etc but with detachable keyboard built-in mic  12 hr internal battery, the keyboard acts as a stands and is reversable so that it  can sit on top of Flex-Radio a well, really cool !
https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-Switch-SW3-013-1566-Tablet/dp/B015JJNF8K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&q...
73 Mike
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