Harsh Enviroment Laptops

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  1. Yobarnacle
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    Yobarnacle Senior Member holding true course

    I've looked at the milspec harsh evironment laptops for sale. Vary between $1000 for semi-rugged to $5g and higher for super rugged. All claim low power CPUs for low heat. All claim waterproof or at least spill proof. All claim drop proof (sudden stop at terminus = forces> than boat motions).
    Options include built in GPS and many other features most would like in a yacht system. On board GPS ect means no cables, less gizmos to buy, no integration problems, but in a component craps out, you have to buy a complete new computer or plug in an external unit after all.

    I'd want a dedicated laptop with chart plotter software and GPS and AIS.

    I'd use my home style laptop for email, movies, games ect.

    Question: Anybody tried these? Recommendations?
     
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  3. troy2000
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    Field personnel in my company are issued milspec models of Panisonic Toughbook laptops. I used one for a couple of years when I was working pipeline instead of station; as far as I can tell they're virtually indestructible and totally reliable.
     
  4. Yobarnacle
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    thanks Troy

    I'm considering an ASUS very similar to Apple Air, same guts, aluminum case, Asus has larger screen and several hundred dollars cheaper, around a grand price. Asus has solid state hard drive. I'd install inside cabin and hook up 21 inch LED waterproof monitor and a cordless water proof keyboard in wheelhouse. The laptop will probably be obsolete before it's worn out. The monitor and keyboar hook up to practically any laptop. Monitor is about $400 but the keyboard less than $50. What do you think of that tactic?
     

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    Same here: had Panasonic Toughbook for 3 years now, without any problem except a CD drive that froze (probably lack of use, exchanged under warranty).
    You can hook up any external hardware easily via a port replicator.
     
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    That sounds reasonable to me, as long as the waterproof monitor also has waterproof connections...

    My older son has mentioned several times how much he likes ASUS gamer laptops. Unfortunately, I don't take hints very well after seeing the prices. He'll either have to suffer along with the Toshiba Satellite I gave him a few months ago, or get a job.
     

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    I presently have an Asus, a cheap one, but has a big screen, and pretty good for gaming I think. I have a private WOW server on the hardrive and the WOW client. If I get in a snarley mood I go kill monsters for a while. Can't kill other players cause I'm the only player.
    Apple Air is supposed to be cutting edge and Asus has a model 99% identicle. Reviews say apple keyboard and touchpad more sensitive, but Asus bigger screen and better sound. I'm heavy handed anyway. I pound the keys like on an old Royale typewriter. :)
     
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