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Old 04-08-2018, 06:23 PM   #21
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How many nits in a garmin 741 xs??
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Old 04-08-2018, 06:49 PM   #22
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I wonder why no one else mentioned the need for a gps if a laptop is used. That is another advantage offered by the Ipad Pro. No need to be attached to the internet or connected somehow to a gps. I have no intentions to ever purchase a dedicated marine gps for our boat
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True on gps. But the tough book has it

The Toughbook 19 features a 10.1" LCD capable of up to 6000 nit in direct sunlight, and is powered by an 2nd gen Intel Core i5 vPro processor. Integrated options include a 2MP camera, backlit keyboard (emissive or rubber), GPS receiver, Gobi2000 mobile broadband and a dual touch LCD (touchscreen and digitizer).

But you are at $3k for this really bright one.
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Old 04-08-2018, 07:38 PM   #24
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How many nits in a garmin 741 xs??
Garmin doesn't want to publish this spec. My Garmin 94sv works fine in the Keys in Aug with sunglasses on, but usually in the Bimini shade.
Humminbird is publishing 1500 nits, and one review said their brightness was comparable.
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Read where one Garmin model was 1250 nits...
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I'm such a sucker for more nits...
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It may be time for a newer dictionary.....

nit

noun
the egg or young form of a louse or other parasitic insect, especially the egg of a head louse attached to a human hair.
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I use a sony experia tablet with chartplotting software (android) on my flybridge. Brightness turned all the way up. I can read it in daylight tho I wish it was brighter. The tablet is "waterproof" and it has not failed me yet after two years. Built in gps. Screen is 10 inches which makes a great chartplotter, and is much less expensive than a dedicated marine chartplotter.
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I wonder why no one else mentioned the need for a gps if a laptop is used. That is another advantage offered by the Ipad Pro. No need to be attached to the internet or connected somehow to a gps. I have no intentions to ever purchase a dedicated marine gps for our boat
And how much does an iPad pro cost?

$15 GPS puck off of eBay makes my old but reliable Compaq Presario laptop a fully featured and essentially free plotter (opencpn) with no need to be attached to the internet
A $120 upgrade for increased ram and ssd drive and a clean linux mint install has increased its speed dramatically.


Main plotter is a Seiwa explorer 3 head connected to a 21 inch lcd monitor but I prefer opencpn.

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That's what I'm talkin' about!
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:42 AM   #31
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It might be a good exercise to find out just what the options are for sub $1000 system, if this is where the thread is going.

I'll submit that the Garmin 94sv, at a street price of $800 would fit the bill for many. Mostly attractive due to its sophisticated bottom finding features with CHIRP. Enclosed GPS system, including antenna, AIS tracking on screen (it does need ext AIS Rx), Sea surface temperature, no ext battery charger rqrd, and a usable screen in S latitude sunlight. It will continue to operate with crashing seawater on it.

NO, it won't do excel and word processing, and email.

I'm one to see a laptop with charting as something for the berths/office. Although I've been know to use an iPhone in a cradle for navigation if called for.
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Thanks for the info! Sounds like a great unit!
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Mine is no laptop but last year’s Apple hero, a 9.7” Ipad Pro. First, it has a built in GPS, great for navigation. Next... I can read the screen in daylight whereas with my Asus laptop I cannot.

I usually avoid praising products, especially Apple’s. My Ipad Pro was my first venture into any of Apple’s products and I am well pleased even though this particular model has already been phased out of manufacturing, replaced with the 10.5”.
I agree I use my Ipad ( I have the larger one) I just bought a new mount for it but have not installed it yet
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Garmin 94sv on sale at wm for $599!
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Samsung has a few pads with built in GPS for way less than Apple stuff....
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What monitor???
Just an old Dell 15 inch I set at quite bright running off a small inverter I wired into the upper helm power buss. The Fugawi software has a clickable Day, Dusk, Night setting so it is easy to adjust for the light level. I have a full canvas enclosure on the flybridge so it is almost always shaded.
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Thats kinda what I was thinking... I just have a bimini on my flybridge at the moment so its pretty bright..
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Samsung has a few pads with built in GPS for way less than Apple stuff....
And various other brands with gps onboard are cheaper than Samsung.
We have an Asus that we bought new for $90 that runs navionics.
Lesser known brands cheaper again
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I'm a nit picker
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Samsung has a few pads with built in GPS for way less than Apple stuff....
Yup. Apple makes very good, very over-priced products that perform no better than many comparable Android-based units.
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