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Old 02-27-2007
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Yes, there are quite a few MicroITX based machines that would be small enough and energy efficient enough for use on a boat. The problem is that they require a screen...and the LCD screens that are suitable for use on a boat are fairly expensive...and the ones that are not suitable for use on a boat have issues with their design that make them more difficult to accommodate.. A laptop is convenient because it has all of the components in a nice tidy package.
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