I'm planning to build my own in-vehicle music production workstation in my motorhome so that I can compose, record, edit and mix music while I travel..
So, OK - 2 principle requirements are nonnegotiable..
1) It MUST run on 12volts (natively, no step-ups or downs..!) and
2) It must have super LOW power consumption (at least on idle) as I usually work about 10 hours a day and would like to not stress my leisure batteries.
Can anyone tell me what it is that enables some industrial computer manufacturers to offer PCs (running Intel i7s, for instance) that idle at 5-10 watts when 'normal' domestic PCs (running similar chips) seem to generally idle at 80-200 watts?
Please!!?? This totally mystifies me!
The other thing I hope to find out before I start is: what is it about some computers that enables them to run directly from 12v when most domestic laptops for instance require 19v?
Please only reply if you know what you're talking about and can answer my questions.