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Do you carry a computer on your trips? What?

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Do you travel with a computer?

On most of my trips, I drag along my Fujitsu B142. It is a fairly small machine, about 6.5”x9”. It fits well into my luggage – even into side cases of the R1200RT’s and K1200GT‘s I rented. The problem is that it requires a lot of ancillary stuff (big power supply brick), all peripherals are on PC Cards, the batteries are long gone and I cannot upgrade browser and use no security software since the computer runs Windows 98SE.

I am looking for a very portable machine that would allow me Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections – plus, possibly, a modem. I do need to be able to run real MS Office components (Outlook and Word at minimum).

I need a full-blown Web browser as well: I use the PC to access a lot of secure web sites (for example, when making hotel, ferry or air reservations), and some of them use such unnecessarily complex scripts that even the “pocket” versions of mainstream browsers do not work.

Any opinions? Rants? Cheers?

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I have a Dell Inspiron 600m laptop. It's not as small as yours but it's a good machine. I upgraded the hard drive and memory, and it has WiFi and Bluetooth radios as well as an ethernet port, all integrated into the system. Battery life is Ok (3 hours or so on a full charge), and it fits in the LT trunk in a small laptop bac with my camera bag, bike cover, faceshield cleaner, hat, and other small miscellaneous stuff. It was fairly cheap (<$700) brand new, which was about as much as I wanted to spend on a laptop that was going to get toted around on the bike.

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The Tecra A6-ST6315 is a light weight (5.2lbs) full featured laptop. But then again I am biased...I like Toshiba's laptops. Check it here http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/...p_Customizable
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Hi, guys, thanks for the feedback. I'll look into these.

Anyone else with suggestions?

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computer to carry

I carried a Dell Inspiron 1100 to Fairbanks and back in the saddle bag of a HD Road Glide (before i became smarter and switched to an LT).....

Handled the trip fine, no problems over some fairly rough/dusty roads.....My experience with the Dell was very positive.....Small enough to fit and reliable.....surprisingly, quite a few wireless areas in the most unusual places up there, even 2 yrs ago......
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I have a Dell Latitude that travels in my top case daily inside a Curve Cowboy backpack which has light padding. This one has been traveling with me for about 18 months as I have docking stations at home and at work. It has also traveled to the last two CCR's.

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My Dell has seen many miles, and many states. It's new enough to 'do the job', but old enough that it could be replaced cheaply and painlessly.
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I travel extensively, on and off the job. I carry a Dell Inspirion 6000, with 15.4" screen everywhere I go. The batteries dont last as long as I would like, but it does the job. Everynight I download photos from the camera, I also have gps programs in it and program gps for next days route. I have three seperate gps programs in my laptop.

Computer and camera gear go in top case, for easy access and less vibration, I think.

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I have carried a computer with me on the bike on all trips for the last several years. I currently have a Dell XPS M1210. It is fast, reasonably compact and has plenty of hard drive space. The most important reason for my selecting the Dell was the built-in EV-DO broadband card for Verizon. With that card plus the built-in WiFi I can get Internet connectivity almost anywhere in the US. In large markets the Verizon service is very fast, in outlying areas it reverts to slower dial-up like speeds, but I can always connect.

In the past I have used Sony laptops, they are very compact and stylish and also offer built-in broadband through AT&T.

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I travel extensively, on and off the job. I carry a Dell Inspirion 6000, with 15.4" screen everywhere I go. The batteries dont last as long as I would like, but it does the job. Everynight I download photos from the camera, I also have gps programs in it and program gps for next days route. I have three seperate gps programs in my laptop.

Computer and camera gear go in top case, for easy access and less vibration, I think.
A bit off the lap-top subject, but we recently discovered that we can download the days digital photos to our IPod with a special cable available at the Apple Store. With an 80 Gig IPod we have a ton of music, talking CDs, etc. and the ability to download photos.

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Forgot to mention running into a guy at Death Valley Daze who had a new Panasonic lap top that was very hardened to take the bumps and shocks - I believe they are built for rough field work. He was impressed with the unit, but did say they were a bit pricey. You might want to take a look at that one in your research.

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Had a dell, now have Sony with 17" screen.
I have a case that was built for it leather- steel band- then leather sandwich. The thing is friction fit, I can stand with the case open side facing floor, and the computer does not fall out.
It fits in my top case with camera, camcorder, helmet cam, and all the junk (cable lense, track ball mouse, usb light, chargers etc) that goes with that stuff.
17" was overkill, I did it so I could have a large view of two pages side by side, for magazine work. With all the internal stuff you could send finished copy to the office or straight to the print house from the road, or race tract.
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+1 on the Dell XPS M1210. Small size and weight and a powerhouse battery.
I also carried a Toshiba for a few years that handled extremely rough treatment.
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I'm now using a SONY VAIO SZ series (my second SONY). It is small and light. Weighs less than 4 lbs.! 13" screen is plenty good on the road (we can watch DVD's at our motel or campsite). I hook up the big monitors when I'm at home. It has WLAN and WWAN. Also has memory card reader, so I can off load camera pictures regularly.
I like it.

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Forgot to mention running into a guy at Death Valley Daze who had a new Panasonic lap top that was very hardened to take the bumps and shocks - I believe they are built for rough field work.
That would be the Panasonic Toughbook. They were built with the military in mind (they have a Mil spec). Sealed keyboard, HD in a shock resistant housing along with the LCD screen...Tough bugger for sure, but like you mentioned...pricy.
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Many law enforcement agencies use the Panasonic ToughBook in their squads. If you don't need the latest and greatest features, you may find some coming off-lease for a decent price.

For that matter, however, you can buy an inexpensive laptop these days for under $500, and not worry much about it.

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As 95% of my riding is work-related (except the two-continent CCR trip) I always have a laptop in my trunk. It is a company laptop (IBM ThinkPad T43p) and it has been travelling with me about 25.000 km. This is not really a compact unit (15,4 " high resolution screen, WLAN, Bluetooth etc) but it is my only work machine.
I have had none whatsoever problems with this or with my previous IBM and sometimes the roads that I ride are pretty rough. And usually I have the PC only hibernated, not totally turned off when riding.
I have heard of people whose laptops die after some months of bike riding. They must not have the hard drive protection done as well as some others.

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A few years back when I had the R1200C space was very limited. So I ended up with a Fujitsu P2120. It's very compact and includes wireless capability.

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Do you travel with a computer?
Well, for the last two years, I've beat the crap out of my little Averatec. Had all the bells and whistles when I bought it and still performs admirably. I use a broadband air card for the Sprint PCS network. The latest models have air cards built in.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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My 12 inch or 15 inch Powerbooks go everywhere with me.
Small, light weight and the batteries last for a long time too...

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My 12 inch or 15 inch Powerbooks go everywhere with me....
Wow! My power book is only 7! No wonder I don't get the job done.

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