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AK9R

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Ouch. $500 starting price minimum for a mount. The mount costs as much as a laptop!
Huh? Where did you come up with $500?

The OP didn't specify the model year of his Hyundai, so I picked 2006. The recommended RAM laptop mount is $165 to $178 depending on which one you choose.

I don't know how sturdy RAM's universal base is. I've been very happy with my RAM mount in my 2002 Ford Expedition. RAM makes a vehicle-specific mounting base for that vehicle. Price was $243.

I will make one opinionated comment...If you put a $500 laptop in a vehicle, expect trouble. Inexpensive, consumer-grade laptops are often not built for the heat an vibration you get in a vehicle. I use an IBM T23 in my vehicle which is an inexpensive, consumer-grade laptop. I've replaced the hard drive once already. If I was looking for another vehicle laptop, I'd go for a business-class machine from HP, Dell, or Toshiba in the hopes of getting something a bit more rugged.
 

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My kid has my old toshiba in his semi with a ram Mount. Been in 3 different trucks, only problem has been he ripped out one of the USB jacks when somone tripped on it.
Another way of looking at it is that it is better to lose a cheap one than a toughbook or something
 

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Huh? Where did you come up with $500?
Oh, that's much better.

I just randomly clicked without looking or thinking and clicked Add to cart.

Here's what I clicked on:
http://www.ram-mount.com/toughbooks/tough_dock_mount.htm

I guess being "Tough" aluminum it comes at a price. Their aluminum version is $900 and the composite version is $500 it seems.

I guess for $150 I'd consider one for my vehicle if I wanted to put a laptop in it.
I will make one opinionated comment...If you put a $500 laptop in a vehicle, expect trouble. Inexpensive, consumer-grade laptops are often not built for the heat an vibration you get in a vehicle. I use an IBM T23 in my vehicle which is an inexpensive, consumer-grade laptop. I've replaced the hard drive once already. If I was looking for another vehicle laptop, I'd go for a business-class machine from HP, Dell, or Toshiba in the hopes of getting something a bit more rugged.
Cops use Toughbooks here.
 

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Oh, baby. Yeah, the "dock mounts" include a computer-specific docking station so you can just drop the computer into the mount without having to hook up individual cables. The cables are all semi-permanently connected to the docking station. RAM's standard laptop mount is a spring-loaded carrier that clamps the computer on its sides and then you have to hook up the power, serial, USB, or whatever else to the computer.
 

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I have a ram mount for my semi, $250 installed in Scranton,PA - I Love it and it is sturdy, ram is the way to go, just be careful having a laptop installed in some areas, might invite a ticket
 

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When it comes down to the moment of impact, that airbag is going to destroy your computer, no matter how good the mount was.
That's assuming you mount the notebook at or near the airbag deploy zone, and the construction of the laptop, if you use it while driving.

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Dave AKA The Tripzter
 

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I've got a Toshiba Satellite Pro U400 (13.1" screen) and a Hyundai Santa Fe. Any thoughts on decent mount manufacturers?
I haven't seen or used the Ram mounts already discussed here but I have a JottoDesk system that I used in several vehicles over the years as well as some of our squads at work. They work great and are an economical way of mounting a laptop.

http://www.jottodesk.us/
 
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Rich, I had a JottoDesk laptop mount before I got my RAM mount. I just didn't like the way JottoDesk secures the comptuer to the mount. The RAM mount seems more secure to me. Also, adjustable swing arm and ball head on the RAM mount seems easier to use than the JottoDesk system.
 

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Keep in mind when picking a mount, Do you want the cheap on that going to allow a large 5+ lb object to be thrown at you in a crash?
 

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I hear that >50% of lot lizards can't release a Ram mount before the trucker wakes up--:p
 

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I've got the non-drill unviersal RAM mount. While I like it, I find that it's a bit wobbly. Certainly won't fall apart, but it isn't as sturdy as some of the drill models. I guess it's a trade off between not drilling and drilling.
 

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I've got the non-drill unviersal RAM mount. While I like it, I find that it's a bit wobbly. Certainly won't fall apart, but it isn't as sturdy as some of the drill models. I guess it's a trade off between not drilling and drilling.
That definitely turns me off to using a RAM mount
 
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