Just putting together a mobile system based on D510MO.
NO LVDS. The board has blank solder pads for it. C'mon, $1.00 worth of parts, and I could have used a spare laptop screen that's just sitting here on the shelf.
All the websites show LVDS as "optional". Which means unavailable in Q < 1000. Bummer and Damnation.
My whole purpose is for survey data collection on battery power in an 11' open survey boat. Running off a 33AH lead acid gel cell, this machine will go all day FOR SURE including a 10-15W power budget for a small LCD. I am figuring it will come in under 4 amps @ 12'ish volts, probably averaging around 3A typical load, 2A idle with the LCD off, and jack shit in standby. I will cheat and add charging from the outboard, but it's not much extra, maybe 50% extra power in total, factoring in it's a small outboard that is off or idling much of the time. Still, a single battery should pull me through a typical 12H summer work day NO SWEAT.
My system: D510MO, PicoPSU M3, OCZ 30GB Solid2 SSD, 2GB [email protected]
, 802.11b/g wireless mini PCIe card, WinXP32.
I will probably be building into a large plastic box, allowing for complete and tidy storage + transport of the entire system including the battery and charger, all cords, monitor, KBD, etc.. Rain proof and bilge happy is my primary target, although this machine will be lovely silent in a hotel room for misc. evening internets duty (much better than my POS old laptop).
The box: MTM Case-Guard, orange, SPUD-7 18.5" x 13" x 15.25"
These boxes are an amazing deal. Light, incredibly indestructibly strong, huge, immaculately well designed (they work very very well), and criminally cheap ($35). Pellican looses this race very badly on almost every count. No I'm not a shill, just a very happy user.
I have been using a single core Atom in the form of an Acer One netbook, and it's been quite capable in our covered boat, and even OK in the hotel for evening play / email. But it's cramped for screen and KBD, and fragile as far as things go. I will feel much better with an SSD and fully rainproof, and with a real monitor for spacious viewing.
My only other (silly) temptation is to build a "bagtop". I figure that since EVERY laptop depends on a much larger bag anyways, I can improve greatly on my user experience by simply building a mini-ITX based bag computer into a decent laptop bag. That way I can have more/bigger/better battery, and leave EVERYTHING all plugged in together all the time. No more fear of breaking off all those fragile connectors, USB sticks, etc.. No more power brick tangles, just pull the cord out of a side pocket and plug it in. Just zip open and use, that's the real target. The laptop is a limited, fragile, problematic, and inconvenient form factor to cram a computer into. A Panasonic Toughbook or an Itronix would be nice, but I can buy a good car for the $5000+ that they cost, and they still don't solve the problems I encounter with real world laptop usage in the field. I can probably even achieve a high degree of rain tolerance in a bagtop if I am careful with my build, and the convenience and open platform will be a geek's dream.
I'll let y'all know how the whole thing works, post some photos, etc.. Have parts, will build.