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    Can't decide between UMPC and MiniPC-Suggestions?

    I am real close to purchasing a solution for my Carputer. I have done a lot of research on wiring and software. I was looking at building my own MiniPC with 7" touch screen, but today I started to look at the UMPC and thought they could be an all in one solution. I want to listen to MP3's, watch videos, use GPS and phone control. I am just not sure if a UMPC will allow me to do all of these things. I know a PC will have enough power, but the portability of the UMPC seems nice and the cost will be simillar.

    The UMPC's I was looking at were the ASUS R2H, Samsung Q1 and the TabletKiosk v7110.

    The MiniPC was the Aopen 915-X with 1.3GHz Celeron M, 512MB ram, 60 GB Hard Drive, Carnetix 1900 Power Supply and Power Pac.

    Any suggestions of which way to go would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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    it all boils down to personal preference. With a minpc you have something that is relatively secured to the car and the expandability is not limited to the hardware. You're making something more integrated with the car, almost like an OEM installation.

    With the UMPC you have the option of taking this hardware with you and using outside of a car setting. Only problem is the hassle of hooking it up and taking it out.

    Decide which one will get the most use. With a built in system you can always upgrade and modify the system to what you need. With a UMPC you're limited to the predefined hardware specs of the system. But are you going to offset that by being able to utilize it a lot out of the car. Ask yourself these questions and you'll have your answer.

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    $$

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    expandability

    those are going to be your two deciding factors.

    If you have the money to spend, a CarPC can be cheaper or more expensive, depending on how in depth you want to take it.

    A UMPC really can't be fully integrated. There are mounts to run the UMPCs in the car, but they are just that....mounts....and you still have to wire them in and have wires run all over the place.

    If you want to be able to take this thing out of the car and take it with you, then a UMPC is the way to go.
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    to me, the #1 determining factor is the screen.... some very small units can have an outdoor viewable screen & some can be impossible to see during a sunny day..... many of these small energy efficient micro marvels are very power consumption conscious & therefore have dismally lit screens.... this would be a real drawback in the usability....

    Fujitsu's new replacement for the 1510 is now using a indoor/outdoor display.... it's an 8.9"widescreen..... forgot the number, but it's a 16 something.... real nice piece & runs tablet edition... starts at $1,600 though...

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    I have the fujitsu 8.9" tablet pc. It's a royal pain in the arse to use.

    Great for demoing though!
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    why? I really want one & was considering getting rid of my 12.1 Fujitsu t4020 & replacing it with this one... what do you see that makes it a pain in the ***? I don't care about having any drives on it, my main concerns will be battery life....

    the new ones screen is supposed to be real nice & i think I can deal with the size...

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    I have a dell inspiron 700M (12.1" screen)

    it's small by laptop standards. I find it to be very useable. With the extended battery, I get roughly 5.5 hours of battery life. With the better screen, extra life battery, dock, etc. I paid around 1400 shipped for this laptop close to 3 years ago. I've poured water on this thing a few times and it's still running strong. Very durable.

    the Fujitsu is just too small to use. The keyboard is tiny. The screen is really small for normal use. The feel of the laptop is very flimsy. The rotation part of the touch screen just feels like it's going to break off at any time. Toshiba has a new touch screen laptop that's coming out in a few months that I got to play with a bit while at CES. I really liked it. In fact, I asked how much it was retail and was asking where I could buy it. That's when I found out it wasn't out yet.

    I recently bought a Fujitsu 15" A series 6010 for work use. So far I really like it. Battery life sucks, but it really is more of a desktop replacement.
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    my previous carpc was a hacked up 700m... used it about a year in the car, that 12.1 widescreen is the one I did with the luxeon leds high bright ... then restored it to stock & my son uses it now as his laptop... there great machines... put it through hell & back, never missed a beat

    thanks for the advice on the fujitsu 8.9"..

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    I think I am going to go with building my own system with the 7" touchscreen. The UMPC's seem nice, but there would be too many wires running around even with the ones that have a dock. So, now I just need to buy the system. Thank you all for you help!

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