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Finally! A boat-sized computer

HP Pavilion Mini Desktop - 300-030 | HP® Official Store

HP's new Mini computers, previewed at CES, are about the size of a big thick pub hamburger. No more bulky box, no more laptop, just "Yeah, I'd like a half pint of computer?"

A real interesting alternative, I think.
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Re: Finally! A boat-sized computer

IBM, well Lenovo makes one that is not as sleek looking but really small, and can have a CD/DVD drive called the M73. We have some customers at work that use them. (we develop software/hardware POS, but are relatively hardware agnostic) I have not been impressed with HP's support as of late. Real shame as Compaq was awesome.
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Re: Finally! A boat-sized computer

Micro PCs have been around a while.
Hate to bring it up but the mac "mini" has been around for a real long while.
Dell has been making their business line "mini" for quite a while.
Here's the Dell Optiplex 3020 Micro... They hard mount to a VESA mount too, so you can mount an LCD and computer together. Been doing these minis for like the last 6-8 years or so.
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Re: Finally! A boat-sized computer

Yup Asus makes a few and has for 4 or 5 years..

Personally I think tablets are a better solution. Less power and all in one.
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Re: Finally! A boat-sized computer

Hey,

Why is that better than a tablet or laptop? You still need a display and a keyboard or touchscreen. With that you have extra cables too.

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Re: Finally! A boat-sized computer

As others have noted there are lots of choice out there, mostly all (like the Lenovos) are nice shapes that are easy to secure on a boat. The HPs not so much.
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Re: Finally! A boat-sized computer

Miata .... I too am disappointed with recent HP products. I used to swear by them but our latest , I forget exactly which model but one of those multi function printer/scanner/copier things has been problematic since day one.

Traveller/Barry L .... I'd agree with Barry. We keep tablet(s) for ebooks and nav software but if you are going to actually use the thing to input data/answer emails/post on SailNet a notebook is a far more usable tool.

I'm not sure I find the idea of a mini desktop preferable to a notebook.
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Micro PCs have been around a while.
Hate to bring it up but the mac "mini" has been around for a real long while.
Dell has been making their business line "mini" for quite a while.
Here's the Dell Optiplex 3020 Micro... They hard mount to a VESA mount too, so you can mount an LCD and computer together. Been doing these minis for like the last 6-8 years or so.
Does the Dell run on 110 or use a brick. Point of course can it be hooked up to 12V DC or would one have to run and inverter.
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Re: Finally! A boat-sized computer

I bought a Gigabyte BRIX a couple of weeks ago for use on the boat and am pretty impressed with the computing power, noise and energy consumption

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Re: Finally! A boat-sized computer

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...We keep tablet(s) for ebooks and nav software but if you are going to actually use the thing to input data/answer emails/post on SailNet a notebook is a far more usable tool...
I have a Lenovo Miix2 8" tablet. I love it in the cockpit for navigation, but lacking a keyboard is a bit of a pain. Bluetooth keyboard is OK, but a bit of a kludge.

So for light duty typing and larger tablet needs, I picked up the Acer Switch 10 for $229 at microsoftstore.com:


I really don't get the mini-PC thing, given the easy availability of inexpensive tablets and tablet/notebook hybrids these days. Maybe it's better if you really want Linux or MacOS. But Windows8 running as a desktop/tablet chameleon is a nice combination if you're Windows-centric.
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