< # Stepwiser: a Windows 10 tablet

Windows 10: Tablet

I have a 128GB iPad, a cheap Android (Lenovo), a Kindle Paperwhite, two smartphones plus my big, heavy portable at home. And they're not enough.

I need something to work on all day while travelling, using the Windows programs I love: NoteTabPro, Free Commander, stuff from OneDrive (guides and coding lessons), plus something fast.

My problem portable

I have a small, light portable from Acer (the Aspire One) and have installed a megaGB 64-bit SSD and 4GB of dynamic RAM, but it is still slow, runs out of juice within a couple of hours, and its display memory of 1GB can't be upgraded. Most important, it wouldn't upgrade to Windows 10 from 8.1

No $1000 toy

I was not going to put down more than $1000 for a Surface, given what I wanted was simply a carry-about so that I could use my Android/iPhone for recordings/videos. Nevertheless, iPads had addicted me to touchscreens and Androids simply didn't respond fast enough.

Medion: table and keyboard for $150

Then I came across a Medion, 25GB SSD with Windows 10, keyboard and touchscreen for CHF150 (=$) from Germany made in China (where else?). That made it almost as cheap as buying the Windows 10 software.

Adding a 64GB USB

The SSD limitations didn't bother me, once I discovered I could attach a USB3 drive: that's what many portables do anyway, and many are limited in their storage capacity. Though I thought that with Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive, plus the PortableApps series of programs, I could put together a useful working machine. I already had a 64GB dual thumbdrive (about the size of my thumbnail) with lots of portable apps and plenty os space.

Dropbox, One Drive? Don't count on them in the cloud

It didn't work out as I expected. Neither Dropbox or OneDrive seem able to work purely as cloud servers, and Google Drive in only a limited fashion.