Why use a laptop over a classmate? Is there that much of an advantage in processor speed and RAM? My initial impression is that everything is limited by the wireless cards and the field servers. Is there a large advantage in using an old dual core laptop with 4GB of Ram?
It makes a HUGE for our team. It’s so helpful for us to have the increased battery life, screen size, RAM, CPU speed, etc. It’s now possible for us to store code on the driver station and edit/deploy it really quickly at competition.
We used to use the old Classmate computers, but we got a dual core 4GB ram computer for our coders and use that as the drive station computer. This way all code and programs needed, etc. can all be in one place, esp for changes at competition when you don’t have internet connections and can forget thumbdrives, etc.
The classmates are a good option for basic play. But if you are doing more advanced vision processing, multiple cameras, or more than the average, an Ultrabook is the route to go. You don’t have to log in and out of a user to use a DS. The list goes on.