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Re: Tablets and Charting
...I currently have a laptop with opencpn and a usb gps antenna. It is on it's last leg and I want to consider a tablet to replace it...
If you like using OpenCPN on a Windows laptop, then you might consider replacing it with a Windows tablet. There are hundreds of them out there at prices that are very competitive with Android. Everyone thinks of the Microsoft Surface as the only option, and I assure you there are very good Windows tablets at 1/10 the cost.
My favorite one for OpenCPN is the Lenovo Miix2 8" model. It has one of the brightest screens I've seen, and with a matte finish screen protector to knock out the glare it's viewable in full daylight. It also has a built-in GPS, but you'll need some free 3rd party software to make it work with OpenCPN. Miix2-8" has been discontinued by Lenovo, but there are new ones still available.
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