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I am looking for a device that is in a laptop format, but does not have any CPU, HDD, or motherboard. I was hoping for a laptop-esque device to control a headless server with usb and vga/dvi connections to interface the keybo

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Interesting. Is this to be used with a single server, or frequently disconnected and used with other servers? Why is a small screen + usb keyboard not sufficient? –  RJFalconer Nov 5 '10 at 21:09
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This is not something I've ever seen, but I can't think there'd be much market for it - most admins just remote into their servers! –  Shinrai Nov 5 '10 at 21:11
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I have 2 servers that are located in a location that does not have room for a permanent screen/keyboard/mouse. I generally remote into them, but there are a occasions when I need to work on the servers while physically in front of them. Also, I have a project that something like this would be very useful for. –  sound2man Nov 5 '10 at 22:11
    
Oh, no, I totally agree it's a neat idea and a product that should exist. Just saying I'm not surprised if nobody's actually bothered making it. –  Shinrai Nov 8 '10 at 16:51
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Your best bet is to look for a rack-mount keyboard/monitor, although you probably won't need the rack-mount feature.

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I have looked at these, but they are integrated into the rackmount, not a nice package like a laptop. –  sound2man Nov 5 '10 at 19:34
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I haven't tried it myself, but KVM2USB sounds like it might be useful for this.

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That looks great, though the price is a bit steep. –  sound2man Nov 8 '11 at 18:50
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I think this is what your are looking for

I've been looking for the same thing. This is the closest I've found. Trying to get my company right now to invest in some of them.

http://www.acnodes.com/pkd8170.htm

It's model is a PKD 8170

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At $1500 that's double the cost of a decent laptop. For something that only includes a screen, keyboard, and touchpad there SHOULD be options in the $200 to $500 range depending on the lcd screen and build quality. But I guess that's what happens for a niche product... –  nextgentech Dec 26 '13 at 21:07
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