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Old 01-08-2013, 05:37 PM   #1
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GS911 cheap computer recommendation?

Anyone out there have any recommendations on a cheap and reliable laptop/netbook for use with a GS911?? Looking also for something I can throw a CD/DVD into as well....thanks in advance!!
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:26 PM   #2
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I have a cheap Sony Vaio. It has everything you'll need including blue-tooth, wi-fi and a DVD/CD player. It was only 800 bucks.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:34 PM   #3
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I've had good luck using an old ASUS Netbook computer. Small, fairly rugged, about $300 but disk is extra. Mine has a nine hr battery life. I strap it to the rear seat or put it it the top case and log data while I ride. You'd be amazed at the stuff you find. ASUS Netbook.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:06 PM   #4
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+1 on the Asus. I've been using one for 4 years now, it's travelled many thousands of miles in my tank bag and is still running, which is more than I can say for any other laptop I've touched. Recently bought a second one for work off ebay for $160. But, as already mentioned, you'll need an external dvd drive for CD's, but you can get one of those for less than $20.

Just one of many:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-Eee-PC-...item35c32d6f36
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:57 PM   #5
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thanks for the advice folks...anyone else have recommendations of what to use?
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:09 PM   #6
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thanks for the advice folks...anyone else have recommendations of what to use?
I've used a 10" HP netbook for years on the road and can't speak highly enough of it. Mine finally crapped out after some 5 years hard, use, but I was lucky enough to find refurbs available for about $180. (It's still in production, but is around $480 for the new model, as I recall.) Both my son and I are now using them loaded with Linux. My original unit ran XP quite cheerfully until I decided to part company with Microsnots. There is a six cell battery available for $30 that my son is getting a solid eleven (!) hours of run time from. I put a SSD in mine, maxed the RAM, and use a USB CD/DVD drive on the rare occasions I actually want it.

The unit has a truly wonderful keyboard, and I am a keyboard snob. I tried the ASUS, and was very favorably impressed with the size and heft, but the keyboard was a deal-breaker.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:04 PM   #7
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got any links to the refurb models???

thanks!!

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I've used a 10" HP netbook for years on the road and can't speak highly enough of it. Mine finally crapped out after some 5 years hard, use, but I was lucky enough to find refurbs available for about $180. (It's still in production, but is around $480 for the new model, as I recall.) Both my son and I are now using them loaded with Linux. My original unit ran XP quite cheerfully until I decided to part company with Microsnots. There is a six cell battery available for $30 that my son is getting a solid eleven (!) hours of run time from. I put a SSD in mine, maxed the RAM, and use a USB CD/DVD drive on the rare occasions I actually want it.

The unit has a truly wonderful keyboard, and I am a keyboard snob. I tried the ASUS, and was very favorably impressed with the size and heft, but the keyboard was a deal-breaker.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:28 PM   #8
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I've used a 10" HP netbook for years on the road and can't speak highly enough of it. Mine finally crapped out after some 5 years hard, use, but I was lucky enough to find refurbs available for about $180. (It's still in production, but is around $480 for the new model, as I recall.) Both my son and I are now using them loaded with Linux. My original unit ran XP quite cheerfully until I decided to part company with Microsnots. There is a six cell battery available for $30 that my son is getting a solid eleven (!) hours of run time from. I put a SSD in mine, maxed the RAM, and use a USB CD/DVD drive on the rare occasions I actually want it.

The unit has a truly wonderful keyboard, and I am a keyboard snob. I tried the ASUS, and was very favorably impressed with the size and heft, but the keyboard was a deal-breaker.
Same here. Go to www.tigerdirect.com and have a look. Nearly any 7"-10" netbook will do the job.

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Old 01-11-2013, 10:08 PM   #9
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This Acer Aspire is a veteran of years of various and mobile data acquisition duty. When it's not getting banged around it's on my workbench getting small tools and probes dropped on it, streaming wifi radio to an amplifier, and posting on ADVrider.

If you want the device you choose to be a little more rugged while turned on and running, put a cheap solid state hard drive in it.





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Newegg http://www.newegg.com has them for about $250 now with Windows 7 starter, which is crap. (Funny that they got more valuable as they got older.) J&R has them for $241 with Windows 7 home premium, which is a much better idea. http://www.jr.com/hp-consumer-refurb...R_1104250NA00/ I got my son's refurb from Wal-Mart back in November with XP loaded for $180, as I had mentioned. They are not available online from Wally World; you have to find them in stock at a store.

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got any links to the refurb models???

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