Any one travels with a small laptop?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Gemel, May 31, 2018.

  1. Gemel

    Gemel Adventurer

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    Hi all,
    I'm new to this and just getting up to speed on Basecamp and a few other mapping apps and was wondering if any of you travel with a small laptop?
    If so, what did you look for in it, size, OS, USb ports etc.
    Thanks for any input.
    Alex
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  2. worwig

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    Surface Pro here. Rigged up a 12 volt charging system for it. Found a nice soft water resistant case.
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  3. chrisjk

    chrisjk Been here awhile

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    Before I switched exclusively to phone navigation, I used to carry a MacBook Air. Not too bulky and it did enable me to create routes for the Garmins I used to use before I saw the light.
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  4. kwthom

    kwthom Retiree apprentice - willing to learn

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  5. MJS

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    Asus T100 here. Sometimes find the small screen a drawback when planning routes but works well enough and cheap too.
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  6. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    First and foremost, a laptop with SSD (solid state drive)
    The drive is much more durable and can handle the bumps and jostling that go hand-in-hand with moto adventures.


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  7. swiss-happy

    swiss-happy Happy Joe

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    Again, as with many questions, can you list your basic requirements?
    Ride style. Area. Purpose of laptop. Battery? Etc

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  8. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Used to pack a Netbook, but now just use the phone and paper maps.
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  9. slobinski

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    I'm using an obsolete Dell Latitude, roughly 12" screen. It's a close fit in one of those Aerostich padded sleeves. Has survived two trips to Alaska so far.
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  10. Gemel

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    Hi guys, thanks for all the input.

    For the last few years my wife and I have been using our phones, basically Waze and other similar simple stuff for getting from A to B when on the road, with paper for getting a general overview and back up.
    Since my recent aquintance with Kurviger, and Base camp I'm considering whether it worth the hassle of a screen larger than a phone to take along for some after riding planning etc. and route creating and then loading to the phone or GPS for directions when riding.
    That's basically my noob query.

    I totally dig the idea that modern phones are so versatile and having some maps and a GPS around are just for back up.
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  11. Steve W

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    I'm in the other camp. My phone is the backup. ;-) MacBook Air 11" is my travel computer.
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  12. wbbnm

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    I have used an ASUS Notebook since 2011. A couple of years ago it had gotten too slow to use. I tried to find a modern version but couldn't. So I cleaned up the operating system, doubled the memory, and added an SSD. It runs like new now, but still not great.

    I bought a Kyocera rugged smart phone a year ago as a backup GPS for my Montana. I don't have it activated as a phone.
    It is a very capable internet access device and I can do most things I could do on the notebook.

    I have stopped carrying the notebook on bike trips. I am giving up Basecamp and Mapsource. But I have found a way to create tracks using Osmond and load them onto the Montana uSD in case I should ever need to. I also learned how to create routes on the Montana should that ever be necessary.
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  13. wonderings

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    Used to carry a 15” MacBook Pro so if I had to I could work on the road (graphic design/pre press). Was big but fit down the side of one of my panniers. I since changed to a much smaller 13” MacBook Pro. Has two USB c ports which I have adapters for so I can plug in my nav. Handles basecamp perfectly, ssd is a must for any computer these days in my opinion.
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  14. Ray916MN

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    When I want to do route work with Basecamp, manipulate photos, write emails, stream video or deal with forums or FB on trips I use an 11" Dell Inspiron 2 in 1 3000 series with SSD.

    The requirements for a travel are HDMI port, SD card slot, USB port, WiFi, SSD, running Win 10 that is compact, thin and light. The HDMI port makes it possible to use most modern flat screen TV's as displays, the SD card slot gets used for downloading photos or videos off cameras. As mentioned by others SSD makes the laptop much less prone to failure due to vibration and shock. The more USB ports the fewer USB chargers you need to bring. Compact thin and light, eliminates the need to pack the laptop in a sleeve. I just shove my laptop between clothes. Win 10, ensures you can run most laptop programs, something which isn't the case with Chromebooks. Lastly the laptop needs to be inexpensive so if it somehow gets destroyed it won't be costly. I've been buying the Inspirons I've been using for well under $200. I have several. They typically lay around the house for grab and use.

    When I just want to surf the Internet on a trip at night I bring a 7" Kindle.
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  15. lkraus

    lkraus Been here awhile

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    Asus T100. Basically, a 10" Windows 10 32-bit tablet with a detachable keyboard. Starts quickly with a 64Gb SSD. With a real keyboard and four times the screen area, route planning and web research is much easier than using my Galaxy S7. Large hard drive (in the keyboard) carries my music, photo, ebook and audio book collections, Basecamp installation, and factory bike repair manual. Battery life is 6-8 hours, which is typically enough for several days on the road.

    On most multi-day trips, I also carry a battery pack like the Micro-Start XP1, which can recharge my phone, Sena and computer, and can itself be recharged from the bike while riding - no need to carry multiple 110v AC chargers and no need for electric when camping.
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