A Laptop To Study Monkeys By
October 8, 2012 2:10 PM Subscribe
I am looking for a relatively rugged laptop (or tablet?) that I can use for data entry, word processing, internet browsing, and music playing while in the US, and then use for data entry, arcGIS, and music playing while in the rain forest in West Africa. It would be wonderful if it was less than $700. I do not want a Mac.
What should I be looking into?
posted by ChuraChura to Technology (19 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Since I'd be carrying it back and forth to campus while in the US, I'd like to keep it of manageable weight and relatively small of screen (less than 15 inches). Long battery life is a plus. I don't anticipate particularly stressful conditions for the laptop in Ivory Coast - I'd be storing it in a box with dessicant gel when it is not being used, and it'd stay at my lab rather than be bumped around in my backpack all day. My Samsung netbook did decently for three months, but I wasn't there for the rainy season.
Right now, the best option I can find is Thinkpad - should I be looking at something else? Should I be considering a tablet? My primary concerns with data entry in the forest aregetting my GPS points off of the GPS and into arcGIS, and getting other data into Excel. I have no idea what sort of GIS capability there might be in a tablet, and I don't know how easy it is to transfer large files between the tablet and a regular computer when I get back to the States.
(There is basically no Apple support in Ivory Coast and I don't want to be unable to enter my data in the field because of computer troubles).