Anyone Carry Their Laptop?

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Phishtech's Comment
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Just wondering if taking my laptop along would benefit me since it has a large screen and all the navigation apps I should need like Google Earth, Maps, etc. I even have some software I haven't used called Streets and Trips. And thanks

Big Scott's Comment
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I have my laptop. Not for navigation. I thought Microsoft stopped supporting Streets and Trips. Using my phone for a hot spot, I can email, surf and watch videos and movoes on my laptop. Mine has a 15 inch screen. I have seen trucks with laptops mounted up front. However, they would be off to the side. Hope this helps a bit.

Keith A.'s Comment
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I brought mine with for the first six months, only used it a handful of times. I picked up a tablet about four months ago for if I want to watch movies, as it's generally more trouble than it's worth to set the laptop up, keep it plugged in and charged, and stored when the truck isn't moving. I'm going to be leaving it home when I leave town this time. If you pay for unlimited data with the big carriers it's more than sufficed for my media needs, coupled with an MP3 player and downloaded e-books if I'm ever stopped for the night.

It's a 17" screen laptop though, so it's not like it takes up much room, even in it's case, but it is one less thing to be in your way and worry about if you go for a tablet which is smaller and easier to move and charge.

Imo the only downside is I won't have it on hand to play any of my video games if I'm broken down for a few days somewhere that isn't home or with something to do close by.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I have my laptop with me.. very rarely use it. I can do everything with my phone or my tablet and have DirecTV in my truck anyway.

000's Comment
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I have mine also but rarely use it as well. There are instances where it has been necessary to conduct personal business online as some sites don’t support IOS. Other than that it just sits in my backpack. I have a 13”” surface which is super light.

As far as apps go? I live by truckerpath, weather channel, google maps, Waze, each available state 511 & the different fuel company apps.

I strongly recommend not bringing it if you’re doing the company paid training. You’ll have very little room for gear in the top bunk, especially if you’re taller than 5’ 7”. Lol

Pete B.'s Comment
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I too have my laptop with me; two actually. I don't have a tv, and have several hundred movies and tv series downloaded onto them, which I never watch. But they're there, if I'm so inclined. Rarely use it for trucking; much faster using the smartphone for navigation when needed. It seems luxurious to use the laptop when in an OC and connected to wifi, or using my phone as a hotspot: so much bigger/better than the tiny little phone in comparison. Not a big deal to keep juiced; I have a small 200W inverter I bought that works great, and a larger inverter that came with the truck if necessary. Really it boils down to personal preference. Laptop vs. smartphone vs. tablet.

Dan M.'s Comment
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Brought mine with me for the 4 weeks out with a trainer...didn't even take it out of the bag. Too darn busy to use it. Not a bad thing though, had a great time.

Joseph L.'s Comment
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My wife bought me small Dell note book for me to take to CDL school and on the road, left it at home, no room for it. Besides my cellphone works just fine for now


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IKnowImAwko's Comment
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I keep my laptop with me.It doesn't get a lot of use but during extended down time its nice to have. I have a 15" HP notebook with an i7 processor and ok built in graphics so I can play games downloaded from Steam with an Xbox controller connected to the USB.Outside of video games everything else can be done on the phone but sometimes the bigger screen and keyboard makes things easier.

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