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Which the best tablet for network engineer

I need to do the following :
use network troubleshooting like ping , nslookup , wirshark >> Ethernet port is required converted or orginal
use serial console to connect to router or switch locally
use microsoft office pack
it must run windows OS
the screen is small

thanks
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nader alkahtani
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Fletcher CuttingCommented:
Well, a tablet is probably not the way to go. What I would recommend is getting a cheap computer. You could get a nice computer with 8GB RAM for under $1000
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
agree with Fletcher Cutting. a general PC is more flexible than a tablet which is restricted to run mobile apps only. hence, a Windows based Tablet PC (not tablet) is recommended.

personally i use HP EliteBook 2760P for years and it supports touch screen, stylus and SSD and can run both tile-based apps and traditonal applications on Windows 8.1.
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nader alkahtaniNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
I need just run simple programs , 4 GB RAM is nice , I need to mobility and thin and very small screen under 10 inch
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
Apple Mac Book Air is one of the most light and cool chocies. Acer, Asus and Dell also offer some similar products if you are not an Apple fan.
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nader alkahtaniNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
does apple have3 network tools like windows ?
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
A smaller than 10" will be 9" or 8" - if it has to run Windows / Office, you can look at:

Dell Venue 8 Pro
HP Slate 8

Buth finding one with an ethernet port will be impossible imho, they are wireless, network goes via a port replicator. You can use a (mini)USB to Serial converter for that part, or a (mini)USB to network.
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
Wirshark is not built-in but can be downloaded for free. The others are built-in utilities of OS X.
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Fletcher CuttingCommented:
You can get a nice 4GM RAM acer computer with 8-9" screen for only $300-400
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
> HP Slate 8

i am wondering if HP Slate 8 could be running Windows 8.1 it uses a non-Intel processor.
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nader alkahtaniNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
can I connect with switch by console (serial) ?
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
> can I connect with switch by console (serial)

a USB to serial (9/25pin) cable can do that.

as HyperTerminal is now not included in Windows, you may see some alternatives from here.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows/what-happened-hyperterminal#1TC=windows-7
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
A Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit is a very small tablet and does most everything a small Windows 8.1 computer can do. It connects by Wi-Fi normally. It has a USB port that you can use for an Ethernet Connection. It can run ALL the same applications that a Windows 8.1 computer can run.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
You can use PuTTY for serial connections, no problem.

The HP model is either a Stream or an Elitepad but that's a 10" device.

What is your budget anyway?
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nader alkahtaniNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
thanks all
my budget about 700 $
john ! what about Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows (10")  ?
Yoga Tablet 2 AnyPen with Windows ?
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Yoga tablet is 10" - are you allowing larger screens now?
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nader alkahtaniNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
yes
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
What about Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows (10")  ?

That could work. Check the specifications carefully to make sure it has enough memory (4GB minimum) and fixed drive (256GB minimum).

Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit now, or wait 6 months or so and get it with Windows 10.
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nader alkahtaniNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for invaluable comments
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@Nader Al-Kahtani  - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
You're welcome :)
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
@Nader Al-Kahtani you are welcome, and thank you for your points and grade. :)

@John Hurst it seems you are available online 7 x 24 ready for answering any questions. my respect to you. :)
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
My computer that I use in online from 6:00am when I start my day until after 10:00pm. So not quite 24x7 but about 16x7.
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
@John Hurst

Good on you!
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nader alkahtaniNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thank you for kindness dears
Expert John has a young spirit,  very thanks for him
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Expert John has a young spirit  <-- /me chuckles. My grandchildren would not call me young.
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