Docking station idea

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  1. Stephan

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    Hi all,

    I was wondering, is it possible that Microsoft will create, one day, a docking station for the Surface pro that contains more RAM, a better graphic card..etc .
    Is it physically possible ?
    If yes, why don't they do it ?
     
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    Not physically possible to add RAM to a Docking Station, external GPU's haven't really been successful, just from an engineering perspective this type of Docking Station could rival the cost of a dedicated desktop.
     
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    Sounds like you are describing a desktop.
     
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    Not really. Imagine : You will have one device that "rule them all" :) . You have your surface pro 3 (or 4), with you can do lot of things, but when you want to do more (like play to GTA V or the witcher 3), you plug it in your docking station and it gives it more power.

    I think it'd be cool.

    But I think it's just a dream...
     
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    Doable? Not so much with current gen devices. They would really need a better interface connection to mate with. Like, 64bit one. The limited connections won't cut it. I would rather see a dual video card device with nvidia/Intel like my wife's laptop and screw cover ports for expanding memory and ssd.
     
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    I disagree, of course it is possible to add RAM to a Docking Station...And external GPU exist and are quite popular as well in certain sectors.

    What is naturally a limiting factor is that the bus and the connection to the CPU on the current Surface Pro is not good enough to do that. So in that context I agree, but in principle it is possible if the architecture changes of the device.

    I would actually really like that. I don't want to have a normal desktop computer and replicate my applications and settings. But I can do with more power when back at base...
     
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    The question was about the current generation..... also you would need a native Bus to the docking station and the system would need to support hot swappable RAM....
     
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    Surely it would be easier just to have the ram already on the surface and an external gpu in the dock.

    Either way though, the way i see it is that if you need that much more power when docked, might as just well have a desktop machine that will really do the work you need that power for. I just see it as having bought the wrong tool for what you need.
     
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    I wouldn't want two separate devices as simple as that.

    Considering that the OP actually even suggested that Microsoft one day could do something like this, I respectfully disagree again. I don't see how the OP constrained it to the current model.
     
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    I don't think the future is about multiple devices, but one device that can do everything. Microsoft shows, apparently, the path with Windows 10 Continum.
    A smartphone can, now, become a PC when docked.

    I think that is the future. So, the docking station that gives more power to your device could be too... (in my opinion).
     
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