Most packable tablet/laptop capable of:

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by jcmcc, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. Chief Ten Bears

    Chief Ten Bears Been here awhile

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    Some people just want a device to do what they want right out of the box without the hacking and backdoor jobs...
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  2. _cy_

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    macbook air ...
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  3. Hambonee

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    Oh yeah..Macs:D:evil
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  4. josjor

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    There's also this one: http://www.amazon.com/RAVPower®-Wir...TF8&colid=2I8P0IH3LTUZD&coliid=I1N0E5WNXJOUCR

    A little less money and more power in the battery.
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  5. Hambonee

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  6. jcmcc

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    Well I picked up a HP Chromebook 11 today. It looks like its going to be able to do everything I want it to, although I'm still playing with it to be sure. I found that I really prefer the conventional keyboard as opposed to the touch screen. Also, the charging port on this is a MiniUSB which means I won't have to do any extra wiring to charge it straight off the bike.

    Only down side I've found so far is that it won't recognize my Galaxy S3 as a device (although it will charge it)
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  7. edjo69

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    I have an Acer, WM special, $200 I upgraded the HD to 120G SSD and the Ram to 1G for a grand total of $350. It came with Windows 8, I use Shelltool to make it run like Windows 7. It is a bomber little laptop, super cranking fast, plenty of HD space for me, you could easily up the SSD drive up to 520G I believe. All in all it is a great little machine I have been using it daily for about a year now with ZERO issues. Battery life is good, it has a camera and all the built wifi goodies etc... best $350 I have ever spent on a computer. My very favorite is my iPad mini, though I don't think it has the capabilities you are interested in. Acer netbooks are the way to go in my opinion. Good luck.
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  8. Hambonee

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    Let me know how you liek the chrome OS on it please...when you have time to evaluate :D
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  9. jcmcc

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    Its different for sure, being browser based. Its simple to use, though, once you get the hang of it. I'm not a techie (as you can probably tell:D) but it seems fairly intuitive. Start time from off is super short as there isn't much to start. Battery life is rated around 6 hrs but too early to confirm or deny that. One thing I've gotta get used to is no right click for saving/deleting- its all drag and drop. If I am listening to music on it, it will skip/lag every now and then if I force it to process a lot of data (big pictures, .gifs, video). But for just surfing adv or other forums its smooth.

    Speakers are surprisingly adequate. I didn't want to be one those guys and blast them in the store, but there will be plenty of volume for bumming around the campsite. It won't win contests on audio quality, but its really not bad for a tiny little laptop.
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    So do tell, how do I run x86 development apps, or any x86 only apps, on a rooted Android.:ear Not happening, at least not in a reasonable manor.
    I really like my Android phone, and I liked my Asus tablet, but they are limited. I can't run 'Angry Birds' on my Win 8 tablet, so I guess you could say it is limited too. :rofl
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  11. KoolBreeze

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    BINGO

    netbook for the win!

    i've owned and used netbooks and ipads... and while I currently own an ipad and not a netbook, I still say the netbook is really the preferable tool for most jobs where either could work.

    they really just aren't that popular, and it seems very few people want them or advocate them... instead tablets etc.

    all i can think of is the "coolness" factor weighing in. by far for most uses the netbook is the superior entity and if pressed in to service with an actual real world task in the field will win time and time again head to head.

    but... the simple fact is people HATE that and will argue till ready to explode otherwise. it's freakin hillarious.

    :rofl
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  12. KoolBreeze

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    I'm guessing you didn't try a netbook?

    perhaps so... but my guess is you tried something else and ended up using paper and finishing your project back home... on a computer or laptop?

    perhaps I am mistaken.

    and I "feel you" on riding and not working on a computer when out and about. idk... it's just fairly straightforward to use small laptops/netbooks that unless diving in deep in photo editing, most basic tasks aren't much of a big deal. can burn time though no doubt... and if on a trip who wants to spend time working on that crap?
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  13. JustRon

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    Netbook question... you cannot run Basecamp on a netbook, right?

    I was under the impression a netbook would not work for doing gps stuff while on the road.
    (I realize the OP didn't mention this, but since folks were talking about netbooks...)
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  14. hugemoth

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    Sure you can, if the netbook runs windows. I've been running Basecamp, Mapsource for years on my old Acer netbook.


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  15. Questor

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    I had an ASUS eeePC 900 and while slow, it ran Mapsource and Basecamp.
    However when Windows XP "expired" it was more cost effective to buy a new computer than add memory and a new operating system to the old eee PC.

    Too bad.
    It had a solid state drive and was really durable.
    I had that computer for five years and probably had about 50,000 miles on it, most of that was dirt on TAT, CDT, and Pony Express / Oregon Trail rides.

    Perfectly good hardware made obsolete due to bloated operating systems...

    Q~
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  16. CaseyB

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    A cheap pair of headphones makes any laptop sound better. Good luck with it.

    I lugged around my 15" macbook pro with me on a month long trip. Never again. Was silly to think I would actually edit videos while out and about. Might trade it in for a macbook air, idk.
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  17. Hambonee

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    it is just not "coolness" factor...

    A netbook is bigger and MUCH heavier than my 7" tablet..

    there is nothing about the coolness factor..I can hold my tablet in one hand and use it. It is basically just as powerful for my needs as the netbook and has all the apps I need.

    For YOUR criteria a netbook may be better. For me, no where near and my 7" tablet is far more portable and effective for web surfing, word processing, picture editing cataloging, video editing, storing, watching movies, etc etc all in the PALM of my hand rather than two or on my lap.

    Plus no flip lid to deal with and easier to get case that makes a tablet almost drop proof...or..dare I say...weather proof..which for adv riding is kind of an advantage don't ya think?
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  18. khpossum

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    How does Mapsource work on one of those MS tablets with Win 8? Anybody know?

    KP
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  19. JustRon

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    I just remembered why I thought netbooks wouldn't work with my gps... last I looked into this (quite a while ago), I found Chromebooks wouldn't work with a gps.
    And today, I mistakenly confused them with netbooks.

    Looks like there isn't much out there weighing less than a Macbook Air (2.38 lbs). I don't want to spend that much, but I'm in no rush, either.
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  20. FlowBee

    FlowBee Just me.

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    I have one. I can run iMovie just fine. Sure it's no MacBook Pro i7, but it's plenty quick even with 4GB of ram. With the Flash HD it boots in 12 seconds and has 10 hour battery life. I have VMWare Fusion installed so I can run Win7 / GS-911 software in a window. Nice and light, pretty rugged, and not much more than a loaded iPad.

    That said, the new iPad mini's with the new processor are attractive, so long as you don't go nuts with memory. Apple charges too damned much for memory on their iPads.

    My only real gripe with Apple (other than $$$) is they still haven't produced a ruggedized, waterproof (ipx7) "sport" model of any of their products. I have seen a lot of waterlogged and/or broken iphones and ipads.
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