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Hank...when one is cruising and living aboard, it is tough to take your desktop into town to hookup to the local internet cafe or find a wifi signal. Also...when on the hook for months at a time in a harbor let me assure you that amp draw is a concern of every cruiser. At the dock....in home territory with a good wifi connection a desktop makes sense. I would say more than 9 of 10 cruisers we meet use laptops.
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Most cruisers I know have at least two computers. Using a micro-ATX desktop as the primary on the boat, and using a laptop as the portable/backup machine, would give you the ability to have the best of both worlds.

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Checkout the Panisonic Toughbook: Panasonic Toughbook -- Fully-Rugged

I just have a regular dell laptop and I've never had any problems. I suppose after a few years it might start to get salty, but I always upgrade before then.
I have - as does nearly everyone else at our head office - a Toughbook for work. It IS very tough where shocks (i.e. impact and drops) are concerned, but I have no idea how it would respond to a salty environment.
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Yes Cameraderie, I can see your point, I have not sailed the world (as yet). Initially I used my mobile phone as a modem. I don't use WIFI for Internet, but the G-3 mobile network to log on. Sofar I never left the shores of Australia for more than 70 miles. Only between towns/harbours I am out of range.

And yes, often I looked at laptops, as they take even less room and use less power than SFF computers. And every time I upgraded, I decided on a desktop,...sofar.

Apart from price, the deciding factor was nearly always, that I can fix desktops, replace parts easlily and add things economically. However in truth I never updated my computer parts. Just replaced the lot after 3 or 4 years.

I must say I have never owned a laptop. I guess, one could call me biased.
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PS I have WIFI on board, connecting my with my printer, phone etc.
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Hank..I always loved my desktops cause I could fix them, upgrade them and poke around in them. I do hate throwing away laptops cause it is more expensive to get them repaired than to buy a new one. The price we pay for convenience.
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Dessicant packets, like silica gel, really need an airtight environment in order to function properly. Otherwise, their limited ability to draw moisture out of the air is easily overwhelmed, and then they're effectively doing nothing.
You also need to make sure you occassionally either replace or "desorb" the silica packs from time to time. It amazes me how often you will see something large like a guitar shipped in a cardboard box with a single silica pack.
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You also need to make sure you occassionally either replace or "desorb" the silica packs from time to time. It amazes me how often you will see something large like a guitar shipped in a cardboard box with a single silica pack.
Many commercially available desicants can be "recharged" by drying in an oven for 30 minutes at about 180˚ or so.

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I own my laptop just over one year now. My first criteria was to find one that would offer a world wide warranty. Not the kind where you have to ship it back, but had offices all over the world and if I had a problem I could take it to the local place. While several offered world wide warranty, only IBM allows me to take it to a store in the country that I am in at the time it screws up.
I ended up with an IBM Z60M and so far I am very satisfied with it. MISTRESS is a very dry boat below, and the laptop does not go on deck, therefore I have not had a problem with salt air/water. I also have a Pelican Case and like that fact it will float 100 lbs if need be, and did the foam cut outs to fit the sat phone and the laptop. When not put away in the case, the laptop is mounted via RAM MOUNT in my office which is starboard of the foremast. So far, so good.
I did get an extended warranty, and will be sending it off for a tune up in the next week or two. I want to make sure all is working perfectly before we head out up the east coast of US, and later to the Caribbean.
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Kathleen...I didn't know IBM still made laptops. I thought they sold out to the Chinese under the Lenovo brand. Do you actually have an IBM brand?
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Yes I do. I ordered it directly from IBM, however, the case that I ordered with it, ( a $69.95 soft case, I rarely use) did come from Lenovo. My laptop says IBM ThinkPad, and no where on it does it say Lenovo. When I call for service questions, I still call IBM. Lenovo is part of it, but I cannot say for sure how that works. Does anyone else here know?
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