Re: laptop choice
Standard Dell Inspirion with windows 7 pro. Mine is a 17 inch, wife's is 15.
I run a Dell Notebook (10 inch) for my charting, it's also running windows 7 pro. If it gets wet below decks I have bigger issues than the loss of a notebook pc. Since I'm on a center cockpit the same is essentially true if I bring it up to the cockpit.
All of my PC's/laptops on board (a total of 7, I know, I know some are for work and I work from home/aboard) and tablets (2) can sling to the 24 inch TV (smart tv with a network connection) including my laptop.
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