Truck Driver Laptop Shopping Guide

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It’s no secret – mobile computing has almost become a necessity for truck drivers. More places on truck routes now have cheap or free wifi, hundreds of truck stops have Redbox or Blockbuster DVD kiosks, and Skype is quickly becoming one of the go-to apps for truckers to stay in touch with their loved ones. Most of these things can be done easily on some of the newest smartphones, but we have to say, there’s no substitute for a good, durable laptop with a large screen.

With the advent of tablet computers, laptop makers had to bite the bullet to create a lower price point and a way to get more features into a thinner case. There was simply no room for bulky, slow laptop computers when anyone could get 80% of the functionality in a tablet computer like an iPad or Samsung Galaxy tablet using the Android OS. The newest models have to be light, fast, attractive and durable.

Fortunately, it seems as though most computer makers have been up to the task. We’ve noticed several models by marquee brands like Dell, Toshiba, Gateway, Lenovo and HP that have great price points and lots of tricks under the hood.

So let’s look at a few of the big winners of 2012, shall we?

Acer Aspire 15.6″ laptopIntel® Pentium® Processor B940 (2.0GHz)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
Microsoft® Office Starter 2010
500GB Hard Drive
4GB DDR3 Memory
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
Samsung ChromebookIntel Celeron_867 Processor 1.3GHz
4 GB RAM
16 GB Solid State Drive
12.1-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
Google Chrome OS,color: Silver
Dell Inspiron i15NIntel Pentium_B970 Processor 2.3GHz
4 GB DIMM RAM
500GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
15-Inch Screen
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Gateway NE56R12uIntel Pentium_B950 Processor 2.1GHz (2MB Cache)
4 GB SDRAM RAM
500GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
15.6-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Lenovo G575AMD e_series_dual_core1.65GHz
4 GB DIMM RAM
320GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
15.6-Inch Screen
AMD Radeon graphics
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Toshiba SatelliteAMD 2.3 GHz 4MB Cache
6GB DDR3 1600MHz memory
750GB disk drive
15.6″ diagonal widescreen
TruBrite TFT display
AMD Radeon HD 7660G
HP Pavillion G6-1D80AMD Processor 1.9GHz
4 GB SDRAM RAM, 3 USB 2.0
640GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
15.6-Inch Screen, AMD Radeon HD 6480G
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Apple Macbook Pro2.6 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor
8 GB DDR3 RAM; 750 GB Hard Drive
15.4 inch LED-backlit display, 1440-by-900 resolution
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1GB Graphics
Sony Vaio EAMD E_Series 1.7GHz
4 GB DDR3 RAM
500GB Hard Drive
11.6-Inch Screen
Windows 7 Home Premium