As I’ve previously mentioned I purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 to replace a number of my older computers. I’ve already wiped my Toshiba R705 notebook in favor of using the Surface Pro 2 when I need to carry a notebook for business. But that isn’t the primary role I see for the Surface Pro 2. It is replacing my old Dell XPS One All-In-1.
I got tired of waiting for Microsoft’s docking station to become available and decided to cobble together a temporary solution. Here are the parts I am using:
It only took me a few minutes to put the configuration together resulting in:
So now I’m watching an episode of Covert Affairs while making a blog post. And over on my Surface’s display I’m keeping an eye on email. It’s a sweet setup.
A few notes on hardware. My Surface Pro 2 is an 8GB/256GB SSD configuration. In the final configuration I’ll add a 1TB hard drive so I have space for multiple VMs.
The monitor is an Acer 23″ Touch Monitor. It was the only Touch Monitor that Best Buy carried. It is also the one that the Microsoft Store is using to demo the Surface Pro Dock, though the Microsoft Store isn’t actually selling them. Moreover, on the Best Buy website it is on sale for $399, and of course the store matched that price. I could have mail-ordered a different model, from Dell for example, but I didn’t want to wait. And without being able to see them all in person I don’t see how I would have decided to spend more money anyway. So far I’m quite happy with my purchase.
The jury is still out on the Surface Arc Touch Mouse, but I think I’m going to like it. The Sculpt Comfort Keyboard is more of a question-mark. It definitely takes some getting used to. I’m using a Belkin 4-port powered USB Hub to bring everything together, which basically means the monitor, my Fitbit dongle, and the dongle for the keyboard. The mouse uses Bluetooth.
So now I have one system to meet all my mainstream computer needs. I’ll do a similar setup in my offsite office and then I’ll just move my system unit (the Surface Pro 2) with me between home and the office. This will be really simple once I can get my hands on a couple of docks!
One more thing. With this set of changes every computer in my home has a touch screen. So when the urge strikes to reach out and touch some one or thing it will always work.