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post #1 of 11 Old 07-25-2013, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendations for a (cheap) travel computer for GPS routing?

I'm looking for something svelte to use Basecamp on the road. Nothing fancy, just small and functional. All I want to do is create routes, download email and do some web searching. I don't do games. Might want to stream a movie but probably not.

What do you recommend?

The MacBook Air looks awesome but it's $1000. I want to spend a LOT less. A Window's system is fine too.

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There are plenty of $300 machines around. Check Woot, Walmart, Amazon, etc.

EDIT: Apple does sell refurbs with new warranties. I've seen MB Airs as low as $799. And you can run both Windows and OSX on them.

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post #3 of 11 Old 07-26-2013, 10:37 AM
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I have an old Dell Mini 10 that runs Basecamp, but I'd like to get something even smaller, newer and faster.

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I have successfuly used Netbooks to do what you intend to do. They are very small and compact and travel well. They are not made anymore but any will run Mapsource for creating routes. New they were around $300.

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Prior to my Alaska trip in June I bought a barely used Asus netbook off Craigslist for $125. It works perfectly for the task, and cheap enough that if something with it fails I'm not out too much.

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I'd try to find a netbook. I have had an HP 10 inch screen netbook since 2009. The 160gb hard drive is pretty much full of pictures now and the battery is beat, but it works perfectly for the kinds of things you want to do.

Look for closeout deals on netbooks. Otherwise, the new equivalent(ish) of a netbook is an ultrabook. Ultrabooks tend to be a little more spendy, but have better batteries. Then tend not to have DVD drives.

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I have an ACER Aspire One which is a 10" netbook. It just turned 5 years old a few months ago. Still keeps on trucking. I use it for exactly what you are talking about. It's small easy to pack and battery life on mine with the extended battery is around 6 to 8 hours. New it was just under 300 you should be able to find a used one on craigslist for under 200 easily.
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You can run Basecamp on Windows 8 Tablets, as long as it's not running Windows 8 RT (which is the Arm processor based OS). There is a fairly inexpensive Acer model, the Iconia W3, that starts around $350... it's pretty small and the screen quality isn't great.
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You should go with an iPad mini with 3/4g, dependant on carrier. Just around $400, I think, gets you there. You could then have navigation from that nice big screen while riding!!! I only mention that because I bought a 13" MacBook Air that I don't use that much, it would be even less if I had a newer iPad (first generation is kinda slow, single core and all...)
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