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Tablet with HDMI/video input?

chunky649 June 2, 2012 at 08:25 AM in Tech & Electronics
I wonder if there is a tablet that has HDMI or video input? So I can plug in my DSLR camera for instant review?

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You didn't mention what that tablet is... :-)

Yes, to me, as a traveling tool, carrying a 10" tablet with charger is a compromise that is too large (literally) compared to a full functioning ultralight laptop. Its not even the weight. Its the size, bulk, cables.

For example, I was seriously considering the HTC flyer and the Nook Tablet, but they both require dedicated chargers. In fact, I think the HTC flyer requires its own special USB cable!

When I was in China last year, I brought my sister a cheapo AINOL 7" media player. It was essentially a tablet, with touchscreen, games, played media off a microSD card. It charged via USB cable off my laptop or generic USB charger. It even had video out (not HDMI). I believe they were advertising tablet versions
(android, wifi, GPS) for ~$140usd. However, my friend told me to hold off, since the quality was suspect, and there would be an flood of these tablets with better functionality and lower price coming soon. (He was right!) So I believe the technical solution I'm looking for exist, but in a cheapo off-brand tablet....However, as I've found with stuff I buy in China, the quality/functionality isn't 100%....that is also a dealbreaker.

I'll continue to look.
Best of luck to you.
You should remember one very important aspect with regards to people who tell you to wait as the price will soon come down, or something better is about to be released, but guess what.... It's always like that. Wait two months and see... Ask about another device and those same people will tell you to wait for the price to come down and blah blah blah, and you will NEVER own the device you want, as you'll spend your life waiting on a better deal.
BTW: If a spare replaceable battery that amounts to over 15 hours of usage, isn't a better option than a USB charger, then I'm a monkey's uncle.
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Best of luck to you.
You should remember one very important aspect with regards to people who tell you to wait as the price will soon come down, or something better is about to be released, but guess what.... It's always like that. Wait two months and see... Ask about another device and those same people will tell you to wait for the price to come down and blah blah blah, and you will NEVER own the device you want, as you'll spend your life waiting on a better deal.
BTW: If a spare replaceable battery that amounts to over 15 hours of usage, isn't a better option than a USB charger, then I'm a monkey's uncle.
Rocky, you sound annoyed. :-) but still didn't mention the name of the product...

I don't know how large a spare battery is, but 15 hours (2 batteries?) is marginally enough for 1 week of travel. (A USA-Asia flight is over 10 hours. I will be awake at least 5 of those hours each way. It doesn't give me much more usage during the rest of the week...) So Carrying a spare battery isn't a good solution.

As to the price drop: I lived long enough to know the consumer electronics product cycle and generally preach the same as you, especially with regard to PC hardware. However, there was a significant change last year regarding prices of good tablets. (What I would of paid for a cheap slow resistive screen no-name tablet then, I could've got a USA brand name capacitive screen android tablet for the same price now).
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Rocky, you sound annoyed. :-) but still didn't mention the name of the product...

I don't know how large a spare battery is, but 15 hours (2 batteries?) is marginally enough for 1 week of travel. (A USA-Asia flight is over 10 hours. I will be awake at least 5 of those hours each way. It doesn't give me much more usage during the rest of the week...) So Carrying a spare battery isn't a good solution.

As to the price drop: I lived long enough to know the consumer electronics product cycle and generally preach the same as you, especially with regard to PC hardware. However, there was a significant change last year regarding prices of good tablets. (What I would of paid for a cheap slow resistive screen no-name tablet then, I could've got a USA brand name capacitive screen android tablet for the same price now).
Nay nay nay. Not annoyed at all. Sorry if gave that impression. I'm a happy guy.
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Quote from chunky649 View Post :
You didn't mention what that tablet is... :-)

Yes, to me, as a traveling tool, carrying a 10" tablet with charger is a compromise that is too large (literally) compared to a full functioning ultralight laptop. Its not even the weight. Its the size, bulk, cables.

For example, I was seriously considering the HTC flyer and the Nook Tablet, but they both require dedicated chargers. In fact, I think the HTC flyer requires its own special USB cable!

When I was in China last year, I brought my sister a cheapo AINOL 7" media player. It was essentially a tablet, with touchscreen, games, played media off a microSD card. It charged via USB cable off my laptop or generic USB charger. It even had video out (not HDMI). I believe they were advertising tablet versions
(android, wifi, GPS) for ~$140usd. However, my friend told me to hold off, since the quality was suspect, and there would be an flood of these tablets with better functionality and lower price coming soon. (He was right!) So I believe the technical solution I'm looking for exist, but in a cheapo off-brand tablet....However, as I've found with stuff I buy in China, the quality/functionality isn't 100%....that is also a dealbreaker.

I'll continue to look.
Just a FYI I bought one of the Chinese tablets from one of the bigger sellers you see popup on sd (mchub?) and I could not get hdmi to work, it was a hit or miss thing due to poor drivers. In the end I sent it back and got a credit from paypal. So if you go the cheap Chinese route make sure you read up on it because some are just crap.
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Just a FYI I bought one of the Chinese tablets from one of the bigger sellers you see popup on sd (mchub?) and I could not get hdmi to work, it was a hit or miss thing due to poor drivers. In the end I sent it back and got a credit from paypal. So if you go the cheap Chinese route make sure you read up on it because some are just crap.
We living in America are spoiled by the generous return policy. In most places in asia and elsewhere, there is no return policy. You make sure it works before you leave the store! When I brought the 7" media player through my friend via the local online shopping site, she made sure at least 2 was in stock before ordering, and had me test everything before I left the country. If anything was wrong, she would have to send the broken unit back and get a new one. Fortunately, postage was very very cheap in China, and they deliver on saturday and sundays....From that online shop, I paid ~$55 with overnight shipping. I could've saved another $5-10 if I brought it from a lesser known online shop, but I was warned against buying from someone with an unusually low price...

Its funny you mention the HDMI. The 7" media player I brought has a video-out port. However, I was not able to find a cable that works. (the port looks a 3mm headphone port), and the online shop that sold me the player just told me there is no cable, and that the port doesn't work on my model.... to this day, I'm still not sure...
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We living in America are spoiled by the generous return policy. In most places in asia and elsewhere, there is no return policy. You make sure it works before you leave the store! When I brought the 7" media player through my friend via the local online shopping site, she made sure at least 2 was in stock before ordering, and had me test everything before I left the country. If anything was wrong, she would have to send the broken unit back and get a new one. Fortunately, postage was very very cheap in China, and they deliver on saturday and sundays....From that online shop, I paid ~$55 with overnight shipping. I could've saved another $5-10 if I brought it from a lesser known online shop, but I was warned against buying from someone with an unusually low price...

Its funny you mention the HDMI. The 7" media player I brought has a video-out port. However, I was not able to find a cable that works. (the port looks a 3mm headphone port), and the online shop that sold me the player just told me there is no cable, and that the port doesn't work on my model.... to this day, I'm still not sure...
Yea my point was to readup on it because for me it was $$ to ship back to china with tracking but I bought because of the hdmi so it was a big deal. I also had to fix there android updates when they pushed out messed up updates. And dont get me started on their email support lol.
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I am also looking for a tablet with an hdmi input. Need it pretty bad actually and any solution that takes video in to a small battery powered screen would work.
It does however HAVE TO have vid in and be small (13" or smaller) Battery powered and a tablet with sd slot would be a large bonus. Cost and need for adapters aren't that big an issue. I have the ability to get things fabricated.

I am also looking for a tablet with an hdmi input. Need it pretty bad actually and any solution that takes video in to a small battery powered screen would work.
It does however HAVE TO have vid in and be small (13" or smaller) Battery powered and a tablet with sd slot would be a large bonus. Cost and need for adapters aren't that big an issue. I have the ability to get things fabricated (circuite boards and computers included).
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#23
This thread piqued my interest. If it were me and I were looking for something like this, I'd probably check out this $8 BETA app:
https://play.google.com/store/app...controller
...and then if I was thinking about getting a tablet anyway, just get one that has the required features (SD slot, proper resolution, etc) that seems to be compatible with the app. It's not HDMI input, but the ultimate functionality might be there (via USB).

I think you need to be using a Canon EOS DSLR.

Thread at XDA:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=1202082

It looks like it has Live View, so that might do what you want for video. It also looks like Image Review might be what the OP was looking for (albeit 5 months ago)...
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http://www.dell.com/us/soho/p/lat...-tablet/pd

Need to add the docking station to get HDMI.
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http://www.dell.com/us/soho/p/lat...-tablet/pd

Need to add the docking station to get HDMI.
That looks like hdmi output not input. Also the tablet has mini-hdmi so it would be easier to get a mini-hdmi to hdmi adapter vs the docking station.
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Quote from chunky649 View Post :
I wonder if there is a tablet that has HDMI or video input? So I can plug in my DSLR camera for instant review?
Why carry a bulky HDMI cable for photo viewing?

When you can buy a 19.99 SanDisk Ultra 32GB Micro SDHC [newegg.com] and 259.99 Used (Like New) ASUS Transformer TF300 T-B1-BL 10.1-Inch 32 GB Tablet (Blue) [amazon.com] or 299.99 New at Office Depot Black Friday and Amazon Sales.

The TF300 129.99 dock also has a full size SD slot and USB too.
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