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Re: Notebook computer for cruising

We use the Acer Aspire One Happy 2, it has limitations due to not having a burner or HDMI slot but great battery life and light with a 10" screen. Any new Lap top for less than $600 will do all you want and more. Remember that the bigger the screen the more power is used.
I also run both from a DC-DC power pack as most need 19V to run and charge, if you remove the battery most will run on 12v.
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Re: Notebook computer for cruising

buy many cheap ones over an expensive one. We have an aspire one, it was cheap and does the job. If you are in the tropics the humidity will kill all your electronics eventually.
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Re: Notebook computer for cruising

Living onboard in Florida I normally buy whatever is onsale at Best Buy around Christmas. The salty environment and humidity trash them after a few years. Tossing them in and out of the dink on the way to internet cafes while cruising doesn't help them much either. Always have a backup onboard along with an external harddrive with files backup.
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Re: Notebook computer for cruising

I've been happy with a Dell Latitude. They were designed for business travellers, so are more rugged than most laptops--metal case, metal hinges, shock absorbtion around the hard drive, and a membrane under the keyboard to resist spills. Not as rugged as Toughbooks, but you can buy two for less than you'd pay for one of those. Or buy an extra hard drive for $50 or so, since that's what's most likely to be damaged if it drops.
I got a refurbished D-620 on e-bay.
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Re: Notebook computer for cruising

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Ditto. We have a Gateway netbook that was on sale at best buy for $150. Had it for about 2 years now and it works just fine for email, web surfing, and pictures. At this price, we don't feel like we need to be overly cautious about it, whether we're traveling, on the boat, or wherever. Just one less thing to worry about.
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Re: Notebook computer for cruising

I've just about decided that cheap is best so will probably go with an older Asus Eeee 7" screen. I had one that I loved. Runs Linux and has no hard drive and mem is easily expanded with an SD card. It was fast. Mine got zapped at work. I can get one for $119.
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Re: Notebook computer for cruising

Suggest a Panasonic Toughbook or a tough pad. With a soild state HDD its bullet proof, water resistant (marine) and can be config the way you want. I have used them on mil programs for field operations.
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Re: Notebook computer for cruising

I have a 120gig SSD that I picked up for $60 new. If I dropped it into my Acer Aspire One would the battery consumption be less than the current 250gig HD?
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Re: Notebook computer for cruising

My dell mini inspiron has lasted 2 years as my boat pc/backup plotter running Polar Navy. I'd buy it again.
Sips power too, runs and charges on a 100w inverter.
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Re: Notebook computer for cruising

Four adults in my family means a lot of laptop useage. We always buy from Staples bedcause: nearly all the salesmen also work in their repair desk, and therefore know shich units THIS year are standing up to abuse, and their extended warranties are cheap at twice the price. They have always been cheerfully willing to look at/fix/discuss problems. Frequently when we go in with a problem, they fix the problem without starting any paperwork.
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