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asked 2014-03-03 14:29:28 -0500

chao gravatar image


Can anyone suggests me few laptop or notebook that i can look into that is able to fit with turtlebot comfortably and run smoothly with most of its applications?

I have the following notebooks in mind, any comments? - Aspire V5-122P - Aspire S7-191 - Asus 1015E - Asus Vivobook X202E

Thanks Chao

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answered 2014-03-07 13:14:00 -0500

Ryan gravatar image

We needed a faster computer on a TurtleBot recently and had good results with the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition.

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hi Ryan, will take a look at the computer. thanks :)

chao gravatar image chao  ( 2014-03-08 12:38:20 -0500 )edit

Just to specify, it's the one with Linux pre-installed.

Ryan gravatar image Ryan  ( 2014-03-08 16:25:40 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-11-18 13:08:36 -0500

Mehdi. gravatar image

Another important point that was not mentioned here:

Make sure your laptop's power adapter is also 19V/2A or close to those values delivered by Turtlebot. I tried plugging a Lenovo laptop which had a power adapter delivering 20V/3.5A and the laptop started whistling in a scary way.

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answered 2014-03-08 01:45:06 -0500

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updated 2014-03-08 01:48:05 -0500

Be careful when looking to get a netbook, though they fit the purpose with regards to running ROS, they can be painfully slow to work with, especially if they only have 1GB of RAM.

I use a MSI U180 and would in hindsight have rather spent more and got a higher spec or investigated a laptop which was more powerful but could fit.

For the most part all the turtlebot is going to run is minimal.launch while the rest can be run on a workstation laptop, however in the end you will still want to load it up and edit / create a few files on the turtlebot netbook / laptop, which benefits from having a faster / more powerful one.

  • Also I have read of some incompatibilities with the MS Kinect and USB 3, though it seems to not be a problem when i hook it up to my MacBook :S.
  • If you want to attatch a robotic arm / manipulator you also may want a laptop with 3 USB ports, though it is possible to use a USB splitter I haven't got far enough with it to see if this may turn out to be a problem.
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