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Old 25th January 2022, 09:12 PM
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Hi lovely people hope all is well. Just bit the bullet and purchased VCDS HEX NET. No I blew my budget so need a tablet/notebook under 100 if poss to use. I hope to add BMW diagnostics too in the future so any recommendations? Was looking at the Windows surface pro 3?? Thanks in advance.
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Old 25th January 2022, 09:42 PM
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Just get an old cheap used laptop, VCDS doesn't need anything modern.
Budget for a new battery......
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Old 26th January 2022, 06:48 AM
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Dell E5500 series are perfect for VCDS - cheap as chips ex-corporate machines, relatively robust, 15" screen, support Windows 10, and are plenty quick enough with an SSD.
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Old 26th January 2022, 08:33 AM
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Similar to that, I've got a Dell E6320 (upgraded to SSD and W10) and am now replacing it with a Dell XPS13 (SSD as standard) which is smaller and lighter.
And both were free, being thrown away (by different people) because of easily-fixable problems. The XPS13 was "dead" but just needed a battery-out reset and it's fine.
(Both, as noted elsewhere, now running Windows 11.)
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2003 D2 FL S8. Irish Green Pearl/Beige. Solar sunroof, auto-dim mirrors, electric rear seat functions, ski hatch retrofit; extended leather. Aftermarket DVB-T, reversing camera and full XCarlink (Bluetooth etc.).
2016 Volvo V40 T5 Cross Country (4WD) with ALL the toys including adaptive cruise etc. etc. Osmium Grey with Blonde/Charcoal leather interior. Polestar performance "optimisation". (A much rarer model than a D2 S8 by the way!)
Finally: gone, but not forgotten.....
1998 D2 PF S8. AgateGrey/Platinum. Every option (I think) except electric rear seats, tiptronic steering wheel, ski hatch, towbar & dimming door mirrors.
e.g. Cruise control, NavPlus/TV, Bose, GSM, Xenons, Solar roof, Parking sensors, Alcantara/leather everywhere of course. (internal dimming mirror added later)
1998 (very early) Ford Focus 1.8 Zetec; ABS/TCS, Heated screen/mirrors, Aircon, Auto-dim mirror, Leather, Trip computer, Cruise control, OEM Ford SatNav with CD changer.

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Old 26th January 2022, 11:13 AM
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I use a Panasonic Toughbook CF-19. They are robust and can be used as a laptop or tablet. Reasonably priced these days, throw in a cheap SSD and away you go

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Old 26th January 2022, 03:43 PM
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I've got a 'free' Toshiba Portege I acquired - as above if it's any SSD based laptop it will boot really quickly and consume bugger all power. The battery is hidden inside the case, and although it's a bit below par it works fine for running scans etc. It's got an i5 processor and runs W10 absolutely fine.
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Old 26th January 2022, 10:43 PM
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Thanks All
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