So hello guys, after starting a topic about a cooling fan for the Eve V and the idea of a competitor for the surface book, I am here to discuss another idea. A 2 in 1 system that has performance. Why? Since I got a surface pro 3 for cheap (damaged touchscreen) I am seeing it as something handy and I have the feeling of being more productive. But it seriously lacks performance for me. I have started a youtube channel recently and I use my asus laptop for video editing (i7 4720HQ, 16gb ram, gtx 950m). I tried out some light video editing on the surface pro 3 and it kind of went awful, which is as can be expected. But I did quite like the touchscreen for editing, at least I found it as functional as a mouse and much better than a touchpad (I’m sorry guys, I am not a touchpad person). Another great thing is that I don’t need a keyboard for video editing, so I can just flip it around out of the way. So I have been searching if there are 2 in 1’s available that do have a decent dGPU and a decent CPU. What I found:
- Vaio Z canvas which has a quad core processor (i7 4770HQ if I’m not mistaking) but no dGPU and no thunderbolt 3 which could allow for dGPU
- Asus new zenbook flip 560 and the HP spectre 15" X360 both have the newest i7 7500U dual core combined with nvidia 940mx dGPU and thunderbolt 3 which could allow for dGPU
So I guess it should be possible to get some performance with a 2 in 1. My idea for such a 2 in 1 is a bit like the asus/HP but with a quad core instead of a dual core. Ofcourse some extra cooling would be required and there would be a higher battery consumption. But for me that would be ideal, having the cpu that I need and having a dGPU should make it possible to replace my current laptop but having the advantage of a 2 in 1. Clearly, this would require a 2 in 1 convertible layout, but I do like that better than the 2 in 1 tablet form factor.
There could be multiple ways to get this done. One of the possibilities is making it convertible such as the asus or HP, but there is the problem of it focusing in thinness which does impede with cooling. Another way would be to admit such thin things can’t have the needed cooling capacity and accept that the keyboard part should be a bit bigger so that there is more room for cooling solution.
On the other hand I was hinter about the acer aspire R7 and R13 which both were 2 in 1 convertibles, but in another way. Instead of the 360° flip, they made it so that the screen could swivel around its own central axis. This way you can place it in the possition you want without having to swivel the base around. This seems easier for cooling since the 2 in 1 form factor doesn’t impede with the cooling openings. I would think that this is more versatile than the standard form factor such as asus and HP do.
What could also be done is a 2 in 1 laptop formfactor with a quad core and making a dock for it with a dGPU, that dock could be a fixed dock such as microsoft sells for with its surface pro, but it could also be a laptop/keyboard base such as microsoft has for the surface book. But I doubt that the last one could be an option since the vaio Z canvas seems pretty thick and hefty in contrast to surface book.
This idea could possible be altered to make it work: instead of docking it at the bottom side to a keyboard base, the docking could be made to make the screen swivel around it’s central axis, kind of like how acer did for his convertible, but than as a base not as a part of a laptop.
I was wondering if there were others interested in this idea?
For me at least the ideal 2 in 1 would need:
i7 quad core
dGPU such as 940mx
Thunderbolt to be able to connect a eGPU
14-17" multitouch screen of at least 2K resolution
Weight limited to 3kg for portability reasons (but if for example a nvidia gtx 1060 is used, I would understand if it were heavier).
batterylife of 6 hours while webbrowsing
SSD memory of at least 256gb if combined with a hdd, or 512gd if not combined with a hdd
I know this is very specific and just my own needs, but that is also why I post here, to see if I am just a special snowflake or to see if there are others who want a 2 in 1 with some decent output.