Primary device has always been a desktop PC with a notebook as a secondary device. I've never had a problem with running a desktop 24 hours a day. Recently, it seems like utility power rates are rising almost as fast as cable and satellite subscription rates. Now, running a 300 watt power supply constantly is becoming an issue even though it doesn't pull 300 watts all the time. Kill-a-watt tells me around 280 watts for the two UPSs that power the PC, 32"LCD TV, DVD player/audio unit and Dish 512. The Dish service will probably be going away in the next few weeks as I simply can't deal with their rates any more. I may leave the box connected for a while to see what if anything I can get without a subscription. There seem to be some conflicting opinions and experiences about that. Trying to cut back on power consumption by not keeping the PC running is where I'm stuck. What alternatives are there? I have no idea what a tablet does, but it doesn't look like it comes close to what I need. Same with a netbook and some of the other gadgets. I need LAN/web access, preferably wired. I also prefer a traditional keyboard and mouse, so I'd need USB ports to connect those. One port might be OK if the device could handle a HUB to connect the KB, mouse and an EHD. I also need a port for an external screen. The 12" and under screens won't get it. Memory is another thing. Most of the smaller devices are showing under 4Gb of RAM. I need capability for multiple programs and browser windows concurrently. I'm not finding anything under a notebook/laptop that appears to even come close to what I need. Am I missing any options?