Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Oct 2017 16:42 UTC

In the summer of 2017, I wanted to know what it would be like to use an iPad Pro as my main computer. I found out that it can actually work, thanks to an iOS app called Blink, an SSH replacement called Mosh, iOS 11 and running stuff on a server.

You could argue the title is a tad bit misleading - there's a lot of thin client DNA in his setup - but it's an interesting look at how to achieve this, nonetheless.

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Of course you would need to search a bit for a laptop with a great touchscreen that runs silent and has 10 hours of batterylife but those DO exist nowadays for the same pricepoint as the iPad Pro.

Much, much less than the iPad Pro, more like the basic iPad. The current crop of ultra low power Atom and Pentium branded SoCs from Intel offer phenomenal battery life and good everyday performance, certainly enough for a dumb terminal setup. Laptops based on those configurations start around US$200, and it's rare to see one over US$500. In fact, at that latter price you can get something like the Asus Q304UA, which ticks all of your boxes at half the cost of the iPad Pro.

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