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Old September 30th, 2003, 10:12 PM
sherwin
 
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Question Laptop GPS options

I'm sure some of you have delved into GPS on laptops. I'm currently researching my options. The following seem to be the most common GPS w/software packages:

- Delorme Earthmate GPS
- Navman e Series GPS
- Travroute CoPilot 2003

Anyone have any experiences, recommendations or cautions?
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Old October 1st, 2003, 08:27 AM
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i am waiting for my earthmate. will post results.
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Old October 1st, 2003, 11:13 AM
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Originally posted by hochung
i am waiting for my earthmate. will post results.


I'm usually waiting for my Earthmate to go into service. I hear the new USB model is faster and more accurate. Otherwise, I really like the setup. I use Topo 4.0 which is fine for my application. The software that comes with the Earthmate shows little more than a blank screen once you leave the highways.

http://expeditionexchange.com/stevecooper/B034_31.jpg

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Old October 1st, 2003, 05:52 PM
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After looking at specs, prices, and reviews - looks like the earthmate may be the best deal. The newer receiver is supposed to be much improved.

I'll most likely be getting Topo as well - Just taking it one step at a time.

I'll be updating to let you know what I think about the product.

Thanks for the input guys.
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Old October 2nd, 2003, 03:46 PM
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i'd assume they are all about the same.
my main concern is HOW to mount the laptop securely.
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Old October 2nd, 2003, 05:06 PM
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my friend uses one of these. they have a multitude of combinations.

http://www.gamberjohnson.com/index.cfm?p_id=10

the local dist. is in the valley
Electro-Com West
7131 Hayvenhurst Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
888-ec-west-5
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Old October 2nd, 2003, 06:15 PM
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Also wondering if my screen will rip off or smash into the dashboard when on rough terrain. Could always close it I guess, but I might lose my way.
:p
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Old October 2nd, 2003, 06:32 PM
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Check out this mount solution:
http://www.roversolutions.com/lapmount/

No pricing or source of purchase though.
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Old October 2nd, 2003, 09:29 PM
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I use a Gamber-Johnson Notepad III with the optional screen support arm and it has never failed. It's bolted to the dash with a Ram ball and some other Ram parts to stabilize it on the console.
I was able to get it pretty low over the shifters so I can still see over the screen. The only drawback is it's an all steel tray and I have to be real accurate when reaching for the shifter, otherwise I smash the back of my hand on the tray. I'm learning not to do that though

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Old October 2nd, 2003, 10:04 PM
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steve,
so how's the entire mount hold up while driving off road. screen must bounce around some...
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Old October 2nd, 2003, 10:35 PM
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Thumbs up

Han,

It's really solid. I bounce more than the screen does I used the 1.5" Ram balls with a pipe resting on the console. It works really well. I've hit bumps that flipped a 50lb water can upside down, denting the rear floor. The laptop stayed right where I left it. Check it out on the next trail, if you ever make it to one

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Old October 3rd, 2003, 04:36 AM
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Ho, are you getting the new tiny USB Earthmate? I was thinking about one of them myself.

CVC
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Old October 3rd, 2003, 07:54 AM
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yes chris, the tiny one. smaller than a pack of cigarettes.
i got it already. just that it's not here. it's with someone that is shipping impaired.
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Old October 3rd, 2003, 11:05 AM
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LOL...
might be sooner than you think... or may be not... LOL who knows... certainly if i do go out... wanna see your mount.

been thinkin of the laptop idea... but first need to get a laptop... LOL

i'll just stick w/ the garmin for now.
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Old April 7th, 2004, 12:56 PM
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I use a Garmin II plus connected to my Sony Laptop. I think this has the advantage of still being able to do the basic GPS functions like track back etc.
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Old July 2nd, 2004, 08:02 PM
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yes chris, the tiny one. smaller than a pack of cigarettes.
i got it already. just that it's not here. it's with someone that is shipping impaired.

LOL-So if I drive 3000 miles to pick up a rack and I bring back your Earthmate, will you pay for my gas?
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Old July 2nd, 2004, 09:40 PM
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greg, i'll pay for more than gas.
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Old July 2nd, 2004, 09:54 PM
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you guys looking for this?

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Old November 3rd, 2004, 06:37 PM
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New member here, been lurking for awhile, been to EE a couple times, own a F150 4x4 that I enjoy exploring with ... I'm not a "red-neck" and don't enjoy "muddin'" and I don't own a gun rack and ... anyway, this thread interests me!!

I have the Delorme Earthmate with Street Atlas 2004 (had for about six months) with a Sony Vaio laptop; I leave the GPS receiver on my windshield and went to Best Buy and bought two 6' USB extension cords so the GPS stays with the vehicle. When I need the computer I just plug right in, no mess, though blue tooth would be a better option, just don't remember if available.

About battery life, yes, greatly reduced. About trails, there are some but you really need the topo map for a better selection.

Finally, I'm kind of a gadgeteer and while the GPS device does come in handy once in awhile, it's just neat to have ... what's my actual speed? what's my heading? where's such-n-such street or city?

I'm actually thinking about a more permanent install and have been looking at the Lowrance GPS devices instead, mostly due to concerns of thrashing my expensive laptop!

Just my two cents, maybe I'll meet some of you at the Bill Burke thing next Thursday ... just look for the silver F150 4x4.

Carl
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