eeepc vs. cloudbook as a mapping tool

I’m going on a trip in a couple weeks, and wanted something I could do mobile mapping on without bringing my big, clunky laptop with me. I started looking at the EeePC, and bumped into the CloudBook — 30% longer battery life, 30GB hard drive instead of 4GB flash drive, same price point. It’s sold through Walmart, which is a major downside, but I might have been willing to accept the moral qualms that came with…

Until I found out that the trackpad is the little rectangle in the upper right corner of this picture on Flickr.

I want to do mapping with whatever I buy, and that little thing is simply not going to cut it. EeePC it is, if anything…

I’ve asked $Coworker to bring his in today to see if it’s really the right size for me: I’ve seen his before, but only for a brief bit, and want to get another feel for the size before I go with it. I’m hopeful that if I do this purchase, I can make the Eee something I can take with me everywhere *instead* of the Macbook — so vacations, etc. aren’t besotted by me pulling out a gigantic Apple laptop, but instead a little thing that is designed more for the ‘on the go’ case — and especially something that I won’t be trying to do work on, so that I’m not working during vaccations so much. 🙂

One Response to “eeepc vs. cloudbook as a mapping tool”

  1. Allan Doyle Says:

    “gigantic Apple laptop” – haha. You’re talking Macbook, not 17″ Macbook Pro. But I know what you mean. I’m getting a Macbook soon (I’m “handing down” my Macbook Pro), and for a brief period wondered about getting a Mini and something like the EeePC for travel. But then I realized that I’d be spending more time futzing with my computing environment than I want to anymore so it’s the Macbook for me.