I have carefully considered all you have presented in your above posts, and you make a good case ! I've tossed out the Samsung 9 idea, as it will not meet the requirements as I see them on the Ross - Tech info page. I would, however, like your opinion of the tablet(s) available on Amazon. They have a couple 10" tablets, refurbished for $96 and change that seem to me to meet the requirements. I was going to call Ross - Tech and ask one of their wizz-kid's opinion / help, but then read their statement that basically told me that they only answer calls for current customers ! Well, that's not really potential customer friendly is it ? So, I'm asking you to do me a favor and look at the Amazon page of refurbished Notebooks, and tell me if you find any one that meets the requirements for a Ross - tech unit . Remember that I need the unit that does not use the internet. VCDS I believe. I am thinking of the tablet only because of size when in use at the vehicle. Also, I could not find anyone around here with a laptop they were not using !! Thanks a whole bunch for your valuable assistance - again ! BenCheap laptops are so inexpensive these days; it hardly worth buying a used one or trying ti repair a broken one! I think there are many old Windows tablet or laptops laying around; that might be perfectly fine, to run vcds on, although if you get a new one, it could probably end up being useful for many other things then just running vcds (posting ti newbeetle.org, looking up service manual data, etc). A older Microsoft Surface Pro or equivalent; could be a light portable device; to use in the shop, carry around or even keep in the car with the vcds cable, to check things when needed. I constantly us the internet when working on cars; there is probably a way, to get your Satellite internet connection to your shop, through a wireless repeater/extender. This would open up a whole world of usability to you and accessing the web alone, would be very convenient, i stead if going back, forth to your house, to use the computer, get on the internet, etc..
1.15 Will VCDS work on Windows 10?Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 are considered "supported". VCDS will probably still work on Windows XP and Vista, but we are no longer testing it on these outdated versions. Windows versions older than XP (95, 98, ME, NT4, or 2000) almost certainly won't work.
1.16 Will VCDS work on Microsoft Surface tablets?Yes, all current versions of VCDS and VCDS-Lite are fully compatible with Windows 10. VCDS does not work on Windows 10 running in "S mode", because "S mode" prevents software from being installed from any source other than the Microsoft Store. If wish to use VCDS on a computer that came with the "S" version of Windows, you'll have to switch it to run in Home or Pro mode. If you're using an old version of VCDS or VCDS-Lite that isn't working with Windows 10, please update.
There are two versions of these tablets, "Surface" and "Surface Pro". The regular "Surface" tablets are based on ARM CPUs running "Windows RT" and have no compatibility with normal Windows "Desktop" programs. The regular Windows-based version VCDS will not work on these, but VCDS-Mobile does. The "Surface Pro" tablets use Intel CPUs and Windows 8 Pro, and VCDS will works fine on them.