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Old 10-04-2015, 11:44   #31
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Re: Desktop, too high power cunsumption?

Chuck Rose at Voyaging Under Sail, Cruising Lealea Home has been editing video on his Albin Vega 27 for a number of years. Seattle to Hawaii, Hawaii to Seattle, now on the Inside Passage in Alaska. His wife is also a photographer. Take a look at the site and send an email.

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Re: Desktop, too high power cunsumption?

These days laptops are perfectly OK for photoshop and post processing. If you fit a 125GB SSD and use it for software and working files then use USB hard drives for storage you get a flexible and efficient system, although not quite up to laptop speeds. Main problem is screen size and quality. If you are used to a large high res screen then you may have a problem but are you really OK with putting a few thousands worth of sensitive electronics on a boat?
Go for a small low power laptop or windows tablet as a boat computer, will work fine and use minimal power. Get a pelican case for the phot gear including the computer and only take it out in harbour.
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Re: Desktop, too high power cunsumption?

Here are a couple of ideas for anyone looking now.
My backup nav system is a Windows desktop permanently mounted under the helm feeding a $100 monitor. The desktop is a compact size one, used, off of a lease program. I bought it for under $200 from Tiger direct. No complaints.
Also, for a little over $100 you can get a USB stick computer. You plug it into an HDMI TV at your nav station, you can use a wireless keyboard thru bluetooth and it has USB ports if you need to add peripherals. Being solid state, the 32 GB hard drive won't be hurt by vibration. It comes with Windows software.
Then you can put it in your pocket and take it home with you.
Its got plenty of power to run Fugawi or similar programs.

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Consider Apple MacMini with SSD. Low power consumption, solid hardware platform and with boot camp you can install windows. Replaced my two helm computers with them. Very pleased.

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