I would like to hear some hard facts in this discussion.
Originally Posted by petter5
Well, on wheel
, touch display is not allowed due to the reason that it is considered less safe for navigation
. Unwanted operaton by clumpsy hands or rain is amongst this reasons,,
You previously made the statement that touchscreen directly led to your friend's death. Please explain how that happened.
Originally Posted by AndytheSailor
...Steer clear of Windows 8, it is so far up its own arse you can have serious problems getting it to do what you want rather than what it wants.
I have two Win8 desktops for my wife and son (who are very rudimentary users) and two Win8 tablets for OpenCPN
, and I have never had any issues like you describe. With every one of these machines, the first thing I did was install Classic Shell and set it to boot into the desktop
. From that point forward, there was never a problem. I understand that Win8 was considered a failure because the average user couldn't be bothered with installing something like Classic Shell, but anyone who runs OpenCPN
is going to have the computer skills to install it. So just install it and enjoy.
Originally Posted by Reefmagnet
...especially when considering the PITA that a GPS
"puck" introduces...As a bonus they also have a touch screen
which although basic and intended for use with a stylus, is nevertheless better than none and works adequately with OpenCPN.
You can find tablets with built-in GPS
. And if you have fat fingers, a generic rubber stylus can be found for $1. I keep one in my binnacle organizer, but almost never need to use it. (I have skinny fingers.)
Originally Posted by Snore
...I do not know what the power demand is when it is running, but the power supply is 20v and a max of 2.5 amps.
Yes the machine costs a US boat-buck. Yes there are cheaper machines out there. But if you need to add to your power generation ability to feed the laptop
, is that saving money
2.5 amps @ 20v is 50 watts, so your i5 machine may not be that miserly.
Most of the tablets run off of USB power, which by spec is <0.5 amps @ 5 v, or 2.5 watts. Some of them do want a higher amperage USB power adapter (which can be 120V AC or 12V DC, but those are always less than 2 amps @ 5v, or 10 watts).
I fully realize that if you sail with salt
spray coming into your cockpit
all the time, you need something rugged. (FWIW, I do not.) I do have waterproof pouches for my tablets ($10 each for Travelon pouches online). I acknowledge that it may not be good enough for many you. But some of these other concerns like trashing Win8 are a little overblown IMO.