Curmudgeon, how visible is the Vaio's screen
in direct sunlight? This is one of the Toughbooks main features along with it's water
and shock resistance.
I left a hatch
open on a bright sunny day while off the boat for just a little while. My Acer laptop
was under it and we got a downpour. The Acer was history
. Several weeks earlier whilst asleep we got a heavy downpour and the previous laptop
(actually a very good touchscreen tablet) died when the window above it leaked a lot more than the customary few drops. It too was kaput! The Toughbook has breezed through situations a lot worse than these.
I used to strugle with my Navman plotter (small screen
and slow refresh) because I dare not bring the laptops topsides in inclement weather
and in bright sunshine they were useless (screen too hard to read). Now we have no hesitation in being comfortable with our preferred navigation software
(Maxsea) and can check weather
radars online when in range or just do something constructive on the laptop whilst keeping watch (in easy conditions only of course).
As for power... it does everything I want at the moment which includes the photo
editing and sorting, music
ripping and playing, all my Internet
needs, and all my communication needs. For entertainment we store our movies in AVI format and copy them to a large SD media card which slips into our TV saving the need to use the DVD
drive which has a tendency to overheat. The only thing the old one is a bit slow at is editing and ripping movies but the new one has more power, and capacity so it should cope with that too. The other power is also very good it chews half the amps that my old tablet chewed and on batteries I get a full night sail without difficulty saving my house batteries. We do have two main batteries and a multifunction slot battery
You might be surprised how well an old five year old computer can perform if it is kept clean (malware and dust too) and within the parameters of a suitable OS. I dumped Vista a few days after first installing it and am only now trying Win7 in the new CF-30.
P4 I had when I moved aboard our yacht five years ago now is still going strong with the CPU and RAM we gave it away with. It has external HDDs connected to it now but is perfectly functional. I have no doubt that my new CF-30 will be more than capable of performing my standard tasks in five years and it will still function perfectly well. The new machine has a dual core
processor, 4Gb RAM and a 320Gb HDD. I may be a little narrow sighted here but I can't see too many power crunching new capabilities on the horizon for quite a while at least that would be available to us out the back of beyond away from the hoards.
I keep being told how fast the IT industry is moving and the speed with which machines are becoming obsolete but in reality I am doing nothing now apart from the online stuff that I wasn't doing in 2001 when I built my first P4. That computer did rip and edit movies, perform all the office utilities, manage my music
collection, etc. It also played 3D games but that side of the industry has come a long way since. It would certainly not cope with the latest MS Flight simulator but I sail for real not fly simulator or play games, in general for me that is not a problem.
In the mid seventies I was a mainframes programmer and the technology revolution was astronomical until about 2002. Since then we are developing, refining and speeding applications up but there seem to be a lot less really new innovative applications becoming available. Google
seems to me to be the main innovator now but not many of their applications really need high powered machines to work just a good internet
I think that the new Toughbooks are good enough to convince me to pay the outrageous price
. So, I can only say they have won this sailor and is wife (who once owned a computer shop) over. I could not envisage a scenario where I would prefer a non rugged laptop instead while we are on the water
full time. When or should I say if I become a dirt lubber again that may change.