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1. Posted by teethetrav (Full Member, 6 posts) 7 Jun '09 18:03

I am interested in thoughts on mini laptops that can support photo downloads. I want one primarily for travel. What do you own? Do you like it? How long does the battery last? and other such issues interest me.

2. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive, 1004 posts) 8 Jun '09 00:28

My thoughts on mini-laptops (there are endless Posts on them here all the time) are that they are a total unecessary piece of kit when travelling. Just take your pictures - and when your card is full, pop it somewhere safe and put in another one. I've been doing that for a few years now, since I switched from roll film to digi (I still have my Canon EOS though and occasionally I use it, not abroad though - too big and bulky). However nowadays with cards able to store 1000's of pics and a few vids too - just 2 or 3 (max) will do it, even for a RTW.
Bet others will come back with completely opposite opinions of mine though.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Jun-2009, at 00:29 by Redpaddy ]

3. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 8 Jun '09 04:09

The trouble with post # 2's idea is if your traveling for an extended length of time, then you need to be able to view your pictures on reasonable size screen, not just the one on the camera. With my EeePC i can go through a few days of pics and cull the bad and then catalog the good. I can also re size them and then store the originals on a memory stick, thus keeping the camera memory stick reasonable clear and the originals safe if the camera takes a dump. Post #2s plan is also flawed in that the only way you can organize your pics is to go sit in a internet cafe and rack up a bill while you sort everything.

But sorting your pics is only part of the beauty of having your travel computer with you. I can sit and write..umm this and anything else in the luxury of my room or cafe, or even on the beach. The EeePC is small, light, pretty indestructible and cheap. I bought mine last year in Australia for $600 AU, but I think they have gone down in price even more now.

When your traveling for a long time, its sometimes nice to have a quiet night in watching a movie. With my PC, no problem. I have a bunch of movies in MP4 on my Ipod. All I do is hook the Ipod to the computer and I'm off to the movies!

4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive, 1004 posts) 8 Jun '09 04:24

And the trouble with Post#3#.... Is that they have probably never lived in an age without laptops - so can't see the possibility of not cuddling up to one all day and night, without getting insecure.

5. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5476 posts) 8 Jun '09 04:45

Keeping memory cards is only ok if you don't want to do anything with it *while* you're travelling. If you want to blog about your trip or send photos back to friends and you are away for a longer amount of time, then having a laptop on you is quite handy. If you intend to do work while travelling, then the same goes. Having a small "netbook" is probably not a bad compromise, because it saves a lot on weight and probably will fulfill all your travelling needs.

I don't think it's fair to say that "young people these days" would be insecure without the laptops - it's just that a lot of us do rely on them for communication and if we're away for months on end, it is nice to be able to compose emails in the privacy of a hotel room.

6. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive, 1004 posts) 8 Jun '09 05:26

If I'm working while travelling, then a laptop?? Fine.
If I'm on holiday while travelling - then a laptop is a no-no.... 110%.

7. Posted by s96024 (Full Member, 106 posts) 8 Jun '09 07:34

Ok I think everyone gets it you don't like anything invented in the last 10 years. I don't think a big expensive laptop is a good idea on a long trip, but with the proliferation of all these cheap, small and lightweight notebooks. I think they can be very helpful for a lot of people. If you think you would use it a reasonable amount, take it. If not don't. You could always take one and if you find you don't need it post it back home.

8. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive, 1004 posts) 8 Jun '09 10:06

Post#7#.... I like digital cameras, LCD TV's, internet mobile phones - and most of all Red Bull Cola (yummy). All invented within the last 10 years.
You don't know anything about me

9. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member, 560 posts) 10 Jun '09 11:10

Looked at EeePC's some months ago. They looked quiet impressive, size/weight/price, etc, but it still didn't get past my reluctance to take on extra cables/chargers/security worries, etc. But what really decided me against one was the lack of a disc burner, as I would have liked to post stuff home. It is arguable the same could be done with memory sticks, though at the moment I take plenty of cards that are easily stashed away from an insured/replaceable camera and will probably continue to do so. Also, editing on the fly is pretty straightforward and helps to save card space/changes, so when the time comes, easier to cut straight to disc/stick for storage.

A laptop's independence is always limited to its last charge. Ok if you have a vehicle though.
When laptops are featherweight and solar powered I'll get one. ;)

Just my thoughts.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Jun-2009, at 11:27 by fabyomama ]

10. Posted by niterider (Budding Member, 2 posts) 17 Jun '09 12:08

As an aside a mini computer with a wireless connection will allow you to check your mail, communicate with friends and family and provide a source of information about where you are and plan your trip accordingly

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]