Anything but a Gateway. I've had mine for almost a year now, and it is a piece of junk.
Next time, I think I'll invest in one of those Panasonic Toughbooks. I can also highly recommend the IBM Lenovo. My last company issued those to us, and it was a great machine that rarely gave me issues.
What kind do you use?
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1: You are driving NOT the device
2: Common sense and experience will tell you what you can and cannot do.
IF you want to spend ALOT of cash on a Haz-Mat routing proggie, and want truck specific routing, you will spend dearly.
ALK Technologies has the best truck routing, but it is very expensive.
After you you use Delorme or Streets and Trips or some Gamin type product, you will learn the maps, which roads are housing and which one are better routes.
I hope this helps, you can dump a whole bunch of hard earned cash on junk as well as something good
IBM is top notch as is the Toughbook.
The only draw back to ANY notebook is part replacement. Considering everything is built on to the Motherboard.
I get anywhere from 2-3 years out of a notebook, anything past that and the hardware is too outdated.
IF you want to go the right way, build a desktop system and find a way to mount a 15 inch LCD. Portability becomes an issue.
750 bux over 3 years is about what 20-25 bux a month?
This is why I look at a notebook as a "Throw-a-way" I just back up my data on a CD / DVD. and keep replacing them.
My last truck I woned I had my Dell notebook, AND a desktop (server) in the bunk with a 15" notebook monitor in the overhead ( flip down mind you )
I am doing the same on this new truck I am building.
It will be a gaming machine / server. 4 camera system wil be fed into it , the whole nine yards. Since I am going with a "B" model Cat, I do not have an ECM to tap into. But I will have a cam on the speedo
Most of this system will be "IN CASE" I have a liabilty issue. I will also use it for Cell Wifi, reg. wifi, data entry via a web based accounting system I have been developing the last few years. scanner, printer, etc.
A complete techno-truck whoop whoop
Not to mention a rolling home theater.
My Dell Inspiron of 5 years crashed recently while I was on the road. It was time for it to go anyway.
I stopped at a Best Buy and got a Toshiba Satellite series but it almost immediately began giving me the blue screen and shutting down on me. I don't doubt Toshiba is a good brand, but I got a bad one. I took it back and spent about double to get a Sony VAIO, $1499.
But I was glad I did. It has double the memory, a built in webcam, and the functionality of commands is similar to Dell which is what I'm used to.
I didn't get the BestBuy warranty, but if you're not good with computers it might be a good thing to buy one at BestBuy whatever the brand and get the service warranty. That way if you're on the road you can find a BestBuy just about anywhere and the GeekSquad will take care of you.
If you're using an aircard for Sprint, Cingular, or some other carrier, be careful about getting an HP. All the new HP's are using a different standard for their wireless card slot. It's called PCI Express and my Sprint card would not fit.
Also there is no upgrade for the Sprint Pantech 500 card for Windows Vista. If you get a computer with Vista, you'll have to manually configure a connection that will work with the card.
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