Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-05-2012, 04:27 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
dhally's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: SE Washington
Posts: 841
Garage
Van computer what is da bomb?

Can the geeks help with suggestions for a computer to use in the van and also in our kitchen? We have a good monitor for the kitchen. A laptop might work, but they seem fragile, and take up a lot of space in the kitchen along with the keyboard and monitor.

Are there any bricks that have a 12v power option? We could get a dedicated van monitor.

A tablet seems cool but we want to do photo editing and MS Office at home.

We want to do video, email, and maps in the van. Wifi only. Maybe GPS.
__________________

__________________
---------------------
2009 E250 RB 5.4L "SilVan"
dhally is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2012, 04:44 PM   #2
Site Team
 
Ford_6L_E350's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Washington - Ridgefield
Posts: 4,725
Re: Van computer what is da bomb?

A laptop works well for us in the van. We have a simple, small ACER laptop. A tablet didn't have enough memory to make it worthwhile.

For use at home, you could use a docking station for the laptop. It could even be out of sight with only the keyboard and monitor visible. Then you wouldn't have to transfer files like we do (we have a traditional desktop/keyboard/monitor at home).

Mike
__________________

__________________
SOLD04 EB350 Custom Floorplan
6.0 PSD 4.10 Posi
Salem Kroger coil spring 4wd
SMB Trailer w/AT Air Suspension
Alaska to Key West, Labrador and more
130685 miles 16.65 mpg average

Prostate cancer survivor. viewtopic.php?f=8&t=11099
2015 VW GTI
Leaving CA for WA
Ford_6L_E350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2012, 05:00 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Oregon Ciry Oregon
Posts: 2,518
Van computer what is da bomb?

Except for e MS Office programs an iPad would do the trick. My daughter and husband use the iPad in the kitchen all the time. There are several photo editing apps available as well as gps on some models.

Rumor has it that MS Office is coming to the iPad this fall. Will believe it when I see it.
__________________
Larrie
Read detailed trip reports, see photos and videos on my travel blog, luinil.com.
Visit my Patreon page: patreon.com/LarrieEasterly
Current van: 2002 Ford E350 extended body camper with Colorado Camper Van pop top and Agile Offroad 4WD conversion.
larrie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2012, 11:58 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
carringb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Corvallis, OR
Posts: 4,626
Re: Van computer what is da bomb?

Mac Mini is a powerful device, small, and very power savvy.
__________________
2000 E450 dually V10 wagon
carringb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2012, 07:04 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Scalf77's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 1,639
Re: Van computer what is da bomb?

I would think that a laptop would best meet your needs. They are actually more robust then desktop units, the weakest spot would be the hard drive so if you spend $ for a solid state drive, you should be good. You should be able to find a DC to DC power brick from the laptop vendor. Laptop input power varies but a lot are around 18 volts. If you wanted to go small form factor I would look for a Mini-ITX based system. They would be similar in size to to a mac mini.

some small form factor systems can be found at:
http://www.logicsupply.com/
http://www.mo-co-so.com/default.asp
http://store.myaopen.com/


I currently run a Aopen mini in my van.

-greg
Scalf77 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2012, 11:13 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
dhally's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: SE Washington
Posts: 841
Garage
Re: Van computer what is da bomb?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Scalf77
I would think that a laptop would best meet your needs. They are actually more robust then desktop units, the weakest spot would be the hard drive so if you spend $ for a solid state drive, you should be good. You should be able to find a DC to DC power brick from the laptop vendor. Laptop input power varies but a lot are around 18 volts. If you wanted to go small form factor I would look for a Mini-ITX based system. They would be similar in size to to a mac mini.

some small form factor systems can be found at:
http://www.logicsupply.com/
http://www.mo-co-so.com/default.asp
http://store.myaopen.com/


I currently run a Aopen mini in my van.

-greg
What display are you using? A wireless display might work in the van...
__________________
---------------------
2009 E250 RB 5.4L "SilVan"
dhally is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2012, 01:48 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Scalf77's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 1,639
Re: Van computer what is da bomb?

Quote:
Originally Posted by dhally
[What display are you using? A wireless display might work in the van...
I actually run two monitors, one is a 8" touchscreen and the other is a input to my Skyworth TV. It has a standard VGA input as well a HDMI. If you use DVI or HDMI from computer to monitor the cable length is not much of an issue in the van.

More details on my setup are here:
http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/vie...t=758&start=15

There have been some changes from the original build, but that should be a good representation

-greg
Scalf77 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2012, 06:24 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 58
Re: Van computer what is da bomb?

I am really pleased with my Asus TF300 Tablet (android)
http://www.asus.com/Tablet/Transformer_ ... ad_TF300T/
forum: http://www.transformerforums.com/forum/forum.php
It uses a mini-SD card for storage, but with the keyboard doc you can add regular size SD cards and USB storage plus get super-duper battery life. There are apps for Office docs and photo editing but I haven't fooled around with them much and prefer to use my home laptop (windows-based) for those applications. (Asus is making the new Google Nexus tablet)
__________________

9pb9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:32 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×