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Old 08-13-2009, 05:57 PM   #1
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Laptop Mount 2008 SMB

I have done some looking around but I wanted to toss this out in case I missed something.
I currently run an Acer 10" laptop in my FJ Cruiser using a Jeniko laptop mount
http://www.jeniko.com/cfl800-floor-moun ... 2de9e9ad06

I am really happy with the mount but I am not sure what to do in the Sportsmobile. That doghouse and just plain different dash layout has me worried.

So what is everyone else doing just in case I missed your thread or pics?

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Old 08-13-2009, 09:49 PM   #2
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Re: Laptop Mount 2008 SMB

I found this after looking at a couple of other topics on the SMB forum.

http://www.ram-mount.com/nodrillsystems ... lbases.htm
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Old 08-14-2009, 02:52 AM   #3
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Here's my solution using a RAM mount:







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Old 08-14-2009, 12:23 PM   #4
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Re: Laptop Mount 2008 SMB

Cool mount.

Frankly, I think mounting a laptop where you can use it while driving is a dangerous idea. I always carry my laptop (email, digital imaging, websurfing), but it stays in the back and I use it when stopped, and in the comfort of the rear seating. Why do you think that texting while driving is illegal? How many young people texted their last message a moment before their brains splattered on the hood of their car?
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Old 08-14-2009, 01:01 PM   #5
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Cool mount.

Frankly, I think mounting a laptop where you can use it while driving is a dangerous idea. I always carry my laptop (email, digital imaging, websurfing), but it stays in the back and I use it when stopped, and in the comfort of the rear seating. Why do you think that texting while driving is illegal? How many young people texted their last message a moment before their brains splattered on the hood of their car?

Watch the movie 7 Pounds, will cure a sane person from text and driving

also: i think the reason folks want the laptop up front is for the map deal

Me: i am going with a garmin, if i have to stop to squint, so be it

I dont want to junk up the cab too much
Besides it takes away from the Interior Chili Lights
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Frankly, I think mounting a laptop where you can use it while driving is a dangerous idea. I always carry my laptop (email, digital imaging, websurfing), but it stays in the back and I use it when stopped, and in the comfort of the rear seating. Why do you think that texting while driving is illegal? How many young people texted their last message a moment before their brains splattered on the hood of their car?
My dash laptop = large GPS map screen, that's all.

I'm not tempted to text (no internet) or edit photos while driving.

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Old 08-14-2009, 03:16 PM   #7
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Yeah, I know you guys will not actually text or watch utubes, but even looking at a GPS on the laptop, operating the mouse, and entering any keyboard or touchscreen input is equally distracting. I have the Kenwood 7100 indash system with Nav and I am still jittery about how it draws your attention, and the requirements for zooming and changing settings while driving and not looking ahead.
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...even looking at a GPS on the laptop, operating the mouse, and entering any keyboard or touchscreen input is equally distracting. I have the Kenwood 7100 indash system with Nav and I am still jittery about how it draws your attention, and the requirements for zooming and changing settings while driving and not looking ahead.
Yeah, there's definitely some serious room for improvement here -- designing a user interface for ease of safe use -- that can be used without taking your eyes off the road.

On my laptop, I use keyboard macro software to program various function keys to zoom in, zoom out, etc. These are keys I know where they are by feel, on the outside of the keyboard. I even put little stickers on them to make them feel different. That way I can navigate my map by touch -- without taking my eyes of the road -- and then I just glance down for an instant at what I've done. Usually all I need to do is see an overview, see a close-up view, or glance to the east/west/north/south a bit.

Navigating anything more complicated -- like typing in an address, etc. -- I'd say that's a safety risk.

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Old 08-14-2009, 08:31 PM   #9
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Re: Laptop Mount 2008 SMB

I have been using a laptop in my FJ Cruiser for quite a while and there are a few advantages over an in dash setup...
-raise the screen up to be more in the field of view vs an in dash
-larger screen means not having to squint or stare
-use to view the 5 camera self spotting system for getting over obstacles

Of course I don't type, read (more glance) or use it like a real computer.

Lastly & most importantly a laptop can have alt input devices like speech control, special large buttons and other adaptive equipment which isn't possible with in dash setups.

Of course there are all the other uses of a laptop like having a service manual for the van, email, web, memory card downloading, and more.

I am glad to see the group here is safety minded and I don't take that lightly.
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Or having your co-pilot use it...
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