I'm a 4x4 driver. I've got an ASUS 10 inch netbook I plan to use with a remote touchscreen mounted on the dash (see car.tft.com) and an external, wired Globalsat GPS aerial. Bluetooth or magnetic gps aerials seem to be built to lower specs, eg the operating temperature range is narrower. The laptop will sit under the passenger seat cooled by an additional fan and aircon, screen closed. This arrangement in my opinion is arguably the best because...
- You get laptop functionality ( +moving map) but with a sunlight readable screen (instead of an unreadable in sunlight screen).
- You don't have to have a laptop floating about untethered
I use TTQV software, there's not many countries you can't get maps for TTQV.
In the past I've used a GPS152 chartplotter which is excellent. Obviously you don't get a moving map display and have to pre-load your routes, and depending where you're going and what model you use, the screen may not be easy to read in sunlight. A little hazardous maybe in foreign traffic.
I'll use a handheld gps and paper maps for backup.
BTW You can get ASUS solid state drive (advisable for high temps/rough tracks/dust) netbooks or can retro-fit a SSD to a disc drive (again see cat.tft.com).
Last edited by Andrew Baker; 19 Sep 2009 at 21:10.
Reason: forgot ssd