Originally Posted by newhaul
Just read the whole thread. I'm really looking forward to following the discussions here someone said something about slaving a unit to a laptop would that also be possible to go to the tablets with their quirky os. ( they are cheaper in the range of under 200 bucks )
With the appearance of Windows 8.1, tablets can be a lot less "quirky" and run Windows programs natively.
I always thought that slaving a tablet to a separate computer was a kludge. I know some people would swear by it, but with Windows 8.1 on a tablet, you have the option of running the whole program in the tablet.
I recently purchased the Lenovo Miix 2 8" tablet for the sole purpose of running OpenCPN in my cockpit. It has an amazingly bright screen and also has a GPS built in. I'll get AIS data from my GX2150 radio wirelessly via Bluetooth. I've been doing this on a netbook for 4 years, but the netbook is showing signs of wear (buttons wearing out), so the tablet will be a nice upgrade that is even more portable than the netbook.
I don't have radar at this point, so I can't comment on that. This year I plan to get a Bluetooth anemometer and display to apparent/actual wind data within OpenCPN.