Laptop suggestions for self dispatch.

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  1. Mjkkhotshot20

    Mjkkhotshot20 Bobtail Member

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    I book loads for my husband he is a company fleet driver. I'm always on the road with him what is the best kind of laptop to use for self dispatch andis there any kind of software that I should download to maximize profits and minimize stress thanks in advance sarcasm isn't required for any answers I'm just looking for suggestions thanks have a good one.
     
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  3. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

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    I'm not sure were you get you look ads from. You could get Apple laptop. They are all metal a build really good. Unless you need something specific like windows programs. You could get Chromebook those are generally very cheap built and always need internet access to work. Those just run Google chrome web browser and Google app. So every is done on internet. If you get full laptop definitely get SSD Sold State hard Drive. They are very fast and no moving parts. Older or cheap laptops could still have the old and slow spinning hard drive to save money.

    You can do lots of stuff on cell phones today you might not need laptop. I used work for Landstar. Back then that had little trouble working with apple or Google web browser. Because they were all Microsoft back then. That's why I might make difference were you get loads. I believe all modern load board today have cellphone apps
     
  4. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

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    If you get laptop you still have to get it online. You need your cell phone and internet date from cell phone company. You need a cell phone and cell phone plan that has HOTSPOT service. That were you turn you phone into Wi-Fi. Your sharing you phone inter with the laptop. You can also get laptop with built in cell phone service then you have pay extra for that every month and you need someone like Verizon or AT&T. Because without cell phone signal you can't get online. I had Verizon and they had really good coverage all over. Even in Wyoming and Montana. You want fast internet because you can have a fast laptop but if the cell phone tower internet is slow so will you laptop. Remember all you internet is now coming from a cell phone tower.
     
  5. MidWest_MacDaddy

    MidWest_MacDaddy Road Train Member

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    I have been VERY happy with my Apple laptops... but opinions vary... I have two MacBook Pro laptops that I purchased 10 years ago for my girls as they went off to college... I have upgraded them to new MacBook Air laptops and while the OS can no longer be upgraded as of just a year ago or so, they still do what they were purchased to do.

    As mentioned above, a lot can be done on Smart Phones and Apps... but if you are “working” on them a lot, I’d suggest an iPad or iPad mini for the additional screen real estate.

    I can’t really suggest Chrome Books due to, again mentioned above, they need to be connected to the internet most of the time and when OTR, thats not always possible.
     
  6. WildTiger1990

    WildTiger1990 Medium Load Member

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    I am not an O/O
    But I would pick something like this
    HP Envy x2 12-inch Detachable Laptop with Stylus Pen and 4G LTE, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB Flash Storage, Windows 10 (12-e091ms, Silver/Blue) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C7XY7GS/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_gx2dFb5CWDJMV

    Or more expensive but faster and better
    Surface pro from Microsoft itself

    Work collaboratively and efficiently from anywhere with Surface Pro (5th Gen) with LTE Advanced.

    Both have its own simcard, so you see data on the go without relaying on your phone.
    Also it small enough for you to mount it somewhere on a dash and use it as tablet with touchscreen.
    And for other paperwork you can attach keyboard and use it as usual laptop.
    And its not as expensive as Macbooks
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020
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