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videonerd
A Toughbook CF-19 would fit well in there! About the same size with a daylight readable screen, touch screen, built-in GPS and WWAN...
mokee
You ever have a problem with GPS receivers too close to each other?
tcassidy
No, they are receivers. I have never had an issue with them being side by side (by side).

Terry
mokee
I ask because I need to put space been my Garmin 10x and GPSMAP 76C on the boat. I would suggest RFI because the 10x is bluetooth, but I have a similar problem in the truck if the Garmin 18 and GPSMAP 76C are close. Put them at opposite ends of the dashboard and they operate OK. Also, put the garmin 10x behind the helm seat on the boat and both operate OK.
tcassidy
Strange! I have a 10x, qStarz and iTrek (all BT) sitting next to a USB BU-353 in the house. I can use any combination of them without an issue. Maybe it is the 76C.

Terry
tcassidy
I tried putting my eMap (which can't get enough signal inside the house to lock) next to the 10x. It definitely affects the 10x signal level when I watch it on Mobile PC. I changed from the 10x to the iTrek M7 and see the same thing. The problem is probably related to rf interference from the internal electronics of the eMap (76C in your case).

Terry
mokee
I have a RAM Mount in the pilothouse of the boat for my HP TX1000. It allows movement of the monitor between laptop and tablet mode and folds out of the way when not in use. My laptops have taken a lot of abuse in heavy weather, and I've never had a problem stemming from bouncing around. I use rubberized shelf mat on the console in the truck along with small bungee to keep the TX1000 in place.
bushpilot
I was not impressed with the RAM laptop base. Too much plastic and MUCH TOO THICK. I picked up a metal Joto desk, and I'm very happy with it.

I use Streets & Trips, connected to an old Garmin GPS III+ for the antenna feed. My blackberry 9700 (bold II) provides on the fly internet access via tethered mode

Heres some photos of the set up w/out the cell phone attached, all wires are hidden or zip tied to the Jotto desk vertical pole. One screw removes the pole and a quick disconnect to the inverter & USB GPS, and the desk & laptop are removed. Takes about 2 minutes at the most.
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mgarrison
Quote:
Originally Posted by bushpilot
I was not impressed with the RAM laptop base. Too much plastic and MUCH TOO THICK. I picked up a metal Joto desk, and I'm very happy with it.

I use Streets & Trips, connected to an old Garmin GPS III+ for the antenna feed. My blackberry 9700 (bold II) provides on the fly internet access via tethered mode

Here's some photos of the set up w/out the cell phone attached, all wires are hidden or zip tied to the Jotto desk vertical pole. One screw removes the pole and a quick disconnect to the inverter & USB GPS, and the desk & laptop are removed. Takes about 2 minutes at the most.

Hello, I'm new here.
Does that JOTTO come any closer to the driver?
Also I have an ASUS 1201n with a 12.1 screen , its 11.5 x 8.5 , would it fit?
Its going in a 2003 ford F250 with a split bench.
Thanks in advance.
bushpilot
Quote:
Originally Posted by mgarrison
Hello, Im new here.
Does that JOTTO come any closer to the driver?
Also I have an ASUS 1201n with a 12.1 screen , its 11.5 x 8.5 , would it fit?
Its going in a 2003 ford f250 with a split bench.
Thanks in advance.
Absolutely! If you notice in the passenger side photo the arms have SEVERAL adjustment points, a simple twist of the clamps and the laptop can be positioned closer.

You should have no problem mounting a smaller laptop to the Jotto desk.

The photos in my post are of a 2004 F350 (crew cab) w/ the 40/20/40 seat
mgarrison
Thanks a lot for the quick responce. It looks like the Jotto is the one for me.
Mine will also be a crewcab and this one seems perfect. just wanted to make sure I could reach it. Thanks again.
mckat
If you live in the US, many states have laws prohibiting the use of computers in motor vehicles while they are moving. Something to be aware of, if you use a laptop. Although a laptop on the passenger seat is likely to be invisible to other drivers, it might still be illegal, and subject the driver of the car to a huge fine if its found. Of course, those laws probably would not apply to self driving cars.. Nevada paves way to getting robotic cars on the road - Computerworld
bushpilot
I'd love to see more about those laws - I DOUBT they'd stick.

There is very little difference between my laptop and a GPS stuck on the dash. If anything my laptop is EASIER to see or INPUT information into.

No DOUBT in my mind that a 4 or 7 inch <touch screen> is harder to use/spell out info than a full size laptop & keyboard!
Boyd
Well I think a few states have already made it illegal to use a GPS while driving if it involves touching the screen. They tried to pass such a law in my own state recently, but I don't think it went through. Some Canadian provinces have laws like this: Is it illegal in your province to program your GPS while driving? | Marketplace

If a state has a law like that, I suspect they also won't like you using a laptop or tablet computer either. The popularity of the iPad is bound to spawn more laws like this...
SpadesFlush
This is why I like my Viliv S5 UMPC. Functionally, it is a computer. I can stick it on to my windshield where it looks like any other navigation device. But, because it is visually close, I can see it well. I operate it with a remote USB touchpad velcroed to my center console. All is well.
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