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post #1 of 3 Old Sep 3rd, 2006, 10:02 am Thread Starter
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Tablet PC GPS

This has been done in cars and trucks and I am wondering if anyone has tried this on a bike?

There are convertible tablet pcs available that can be pretty much used as a regular laptop. They are more expensive than a regular laptop but have some other features that would be useful to me also. An example:
http://reviews.cnet.com/Lenovo_Think...2.html?tag=sub

The tablet pc can have a USB reciever and mapping software:
http://www.microsoft.com/streets/Pro...s.aspx?pid=001

I believe there is a AC/DC Charger available for this unit, and Targus also makes on that has tips for most laptops.

I am thinking of trying this mounted on a tank bag?
Why?
Advantages:
One unit - laptop and gps
larger screen - may not need reading glasses to see where I am

Disadvantage:
probably a higher cost than separate units (although there are refurbished units at a much better price than list)
need to design or find protective waterproof cover
difficulty mounting - can I trust Velco?

Unknown:
vibration issues?

any opinions/ideas???

Lowell
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post #2 of 3 Old Sep 4th, 2006, 1:18 am
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They do mount the in cars and trucks but the use a shock mounting system. The laptop will use the hard drive while turned on. Plus a little rain will kill it.
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post #3 of 3 Old Sep 4th, 2006, 6:05 am Thread Starter
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the vibration or shock is one of the things I was wondering about.

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