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    Cheapest tablet with Ethernet?

    Hi guys,

    As title suggests, does anyone know a half decent tablet that has built in Ethernet? Either via docking station or built in? I have found the Samsung slate, but it is almost £1200 with the docking station.

    Cheers guys

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    Re: Cheapest tablet with Ethernet?

    Might be worth looking at ethernet via a usb adapter and docking station. Have read a few comments of the Nexus working with ethernet via a USB OTG cable, so assume other android tablets would work as long as they support USB OTG.

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    Re: Cheapest tablet with Ethernet?

    I had an old Elonex etouch 1000ET tablet that actually had a mini ethernet port with adapter. Cost me about £80 from a CEX, iirc. Wasn't a great tablet though! If you can pick one up with the adapter though it might do the job - depends what you want it for...?

    I'd've thought USB OTG + an adapter would be your best bet. The Ainol Novo 7 Flame has USB OTG and comes with a micro to USB A adapter which should let you use any USB ethernet adapter - it's usually less than £150 and very well specced (1280x800 IPS screen, 1.5GHz dual core Cortex A9. 1GB DDR3)

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    Re: Cheapest tablet with Ethernet?

    If you can find one of those £50 Archos 80 Cobalt tablets that Tesco had on sale last month, those work with some of the generic USB Ethernet adapters as well (via a std. micro USB OTG cable).

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    Re: Cheapest tablet with Ethernet?

    Just go to amazon and type in the size of tablet you want and most of them have Ethernet adapters :L

    You won't get a really good one for cheap due to people wanting their tablets to be thin.

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    Re: Cheapest tablet with Ethernet?

    Quote Originally Posted by SUMMONER View Post
    If you can find one of those £50 Archos 80 Cobalt tablets that Tesco had on sale last month, those work with some of the generic USB Ethernet adapters as well (via a std. micro USB OTG cable).
    The 80 cobalt where £49 but that was only a boxing day offer, i only know this because i actually work as a tesco tech advisor at my local store. But to be honest they are not that good and they dont have ethernet or a usb port. Plus the screens are not that good either
    Last edited by carvedeye; 26-01-2013 at 10:04 PM.

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    Re: Cheapest tablet with Ethernet?

    If I can take a step back, why do you need an ethernet adaptor?

    If you are hacking something up, then there are plenty of cheap media players and NAS boxes around. Having a tablet tethered on a cable really isn't what most people want.

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    Re: Cheapest tablet with Ethernet?

    Quote Originally Posted by carvedeye View Post
    The 80 cobalt where £49 but that was only a boxing day offer, i only know this because i actually work as a tesco tech advisor at my local store. But to be honest they are not that good and they dont have ethernet or a usb port. Plus the screens are not that good either
    The Cobalt has a micro USB port, you can connect an OTG cable to that and then a USB memory stick, a USB memory card reader or even an USB Ethenet adapter to that. The cobalt is nothing amazing and it is certainly not worth the £100 Tesco want for it now, but for £70 or less it is not a bad buy.
    The HUKD Archos 80 Cobalt owners thread, discussing its various short comings, can be viewed here.

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix
    If I can take a step back, why do you need an ethernet adaptor?
    I obviously can't speak for the OP, but I have started using my tablet for troubleshooting network problems at customer sites. I use my Thinkpad a lot less these days when out and about.
    Last edited by SUMMONER; 27-01-2013 at 05:37 AM.

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