Laptop recommendations for Pico 4425a?

Howard Technician Alaska Posted   Latest   Edited  

Hi

Any recommendation as to a laptop for a pico 4425a? Any suggestions on brand,ruggedness ,touchscreen,supplier ?

Thank you .

Howard

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Jason Owner/Technician
Virginia
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I love lenovo's. One of my fav for diagnostics is the x220 i7 tablets with a ssd in it. Good machine for pretty cheap costs these days. ebay​.​us/Y7xfbn

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Diego Technician
California
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+1 on the x220. Ran an X230 forever.

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Robert Technician
Michigan
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I'd think a i7 Lenovo ThinkPad should already have Windows 10 Pro installed not the IdeaPad version . Still looks good ,to bad no Gen i7 information can be had .

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Matthew Owner/Technician
Oregon
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I do 90% mobile repair and in the Oregon weather. More outside than covered. I've gone from getting anything super tough and expensive to a cheap quality laptop. Usually I wait until Christmas and get 3 Dells for $350 each and do that every 2 years. Last year I got some refurbished HP units from tiger direct with SSD's for around $500 each and they're amazing. Technology changes faster than…

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Howard Technician
Alaska
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Hi Mathew I welcome the suggestions I do agree with your post

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Erik Diagnostician
Florida
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Jay Quinlan has toughbooks and such on Facebook in the Known Waveform Room. He sales partitioned laptops as well so your stuff is not all clocking over what it needs to run certain manufacture scan tools one at a time. I’d contact him and get a price at least. I have run a Surface Pro 7 no issues with Windows 10 and 11 with Pico 6 and 7. Durability is non existent since almost every cover or…

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Howard Technician
Alaska
Howard
 

Hi Eric Thank you!

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Dean Technical Support Specialist
New Zealand
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It depends a bit on how you intend to use it. If your out in the field a lot then you'll need something with good protection - Something like a Panasonic ToughBook CF-53 or a Dell 7220 Rugged Tablet. In the US ther is plenty of people who sell purpose ‘built’ laptops to suit. If your into J2534 Programming as well then I suggest you contact Isaac Rodiesel from Triangle Hybrid-EV he's Laptops are…

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Larry Owner/Technician
California
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I glued my pico box to the back of a ms surface with sugru works great, easy to haul around.

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Howard Technician
Alaska
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Hi Larry Thats interesting! Sugru ?

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Matthew Owner/Technician
Oregon
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Sugru is like a play-doh that is moldable and dries into a silicone rubber type material. It holds up to water and chemicals, heat and cold. It's pretty amazing stuff. I repair all sorts of home stuff with it and it's great for fixing or protecting corners of electronics. Fixing a melt spot in my rain gear that's waterproof or affixing all sorts of flexible stuff. Here's one of my laptops I…

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Dean Technical Support Specialist
New Zealand
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You learn something new every day! We don't have it here in New Zealand but I might have to look into it on ebay etc!

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Dean Technical Support Specialist
New Zealand
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I'm assuming he means Super Glue!

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Matthew Owner/Technician
Oregon
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Nope. It's Sugru!

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Seth Owner
Wyoming
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MSI, 12th Generation Intel Core, 4GDDR memory. Meets the criteria of all manufacturers for flash capability as well. Super fast and use it for just about everything. Expensive though.

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Diego Technician
California
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Which MSI?

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Seth Owner
Wyoming
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I have last years model. The new version is the Stealth 15M.

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Darren Owner/Technician
Arkansas
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Howard, I use the Dell XFR 64XX series (6420 etc.) rugged laptops. They are inexpensive, very durable and in a pinch you can use them as a weapon! Seriously though, they are readily available, relatively inexpensive (I pick them up refurbished for as little as $600) and I get them with solid state drives. I have it on a shelf on my roll around diag. cart (Harbor Freight U.S. General 5 drawer…

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Howard Technician
Alaska
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Hi Darren Awesome Thank you !

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Howard Technician
Alaska
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Darren Great suggestion on using it in a pinch as a weapon ,chuckles Howard

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Keith Technician
Colorado
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Dell Rugged Tablet. I love mine.

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hello Howard, I recommend the Panasonic Tough Book series in the shop environment and especially out of the shop working mobile. Personally, I use the CF-53 models. The only catch is if you are running PICO version 7, you will need a 64-BIT program if using Windows. Version 6 works with 32-BIT. If you plan on storing a lot of waveforms use a 1 TB external hard drive and attach it to the lid…

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Diego Technician
California
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for my 4425 I either use a T450s thats pretty nice albeit old or I use a T430s that looks like I drug it from out of a lake. point being thinkpads are real sturdy and cheap to replace and bonus if you find a touch screen model

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Robert Owner
Pennsylvania
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I agree - I also use a Lenovo. It boots off a solid state drive so its pretty quick, and with 32 gig of memory it never really gets bogged down. Mine is 4 or 5 years old an still going strong. Good Luck!

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Jose Technician
Illinois
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I know it’s old but I love my Panasonic tough book CF-C2. It’s slimmer than other tough books and it has a swiveling touchscreen with active stylus. battery and hard drives are swappable without using any tools or opening the laptop. 5th gen i5 8gb of ram. Has a full size hdmi port.

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Spencer Owner/Technician
Pennsylvania
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My thought is you are not buying the laptop for the 4425a but more so the software you need to run for your 4425a. I run three Pico scopes(4423, 4425 and the 8 channel). For them I have three ToughBooks all touch screen. I use these due to where I need to go with them. Mobile, road test, track testing days and more. With that said the screen is of the square shape. Depending if you are going…

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Timothy Owner/Technician
Wisconsin
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Almost any laptop with some ‘grunt’ will work for the Pico, regardless of version. The software is tiny compared to most software these days. I stay away from the toughbooks, as they're way over-priced, for what you get. A Dell hardened laptop is what I use, and I'm 100% mobile. Any 64XX Dell will do just fine. Most come with an i7 chip as standard. They're cheap, around 250.00 refurbed…

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Jon Owner/Technician
California
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Another vote for the Lenovo X13. I have 2 that have taken a beating. Most of my work is mobile on fire trucks and construction equipment. I also have a Dell Latitude that has been good.

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