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Rugged Notebook Roundup (cont'd.)

Written by Jennifer Gavigan

Panasonic

The new Toughbook CF-30 rugged notebook from Panasonic Computer Solutions Co. is now available with 1,000 Nit (candelas per square meter, a measure of brightness) displays.

The CF-30 comes equipped with an Intel Core Duo processor, additional security features and optional embedded access to next-generation wireless data networks from all major cellular wireless carriers. In addition, this notebook incorporates daylight-readable screens as well as magnesium alloy cases, sealed keyboards and ports, flexible internal connectors and shock-mounting.The CF-30 delivers a battery life of more than six hours (depending on conditions of usage), in a form factor designed to withstand harsh conditions. This unit is certified to the MIL-STD-810F standard, tested to perform after drops, shocks, vibration and extremes in temperature. In addition, it is sealed and rated at IP54 (ingress protection) level for water and dust resistance. Touch screens allow for ease of use in vehicle-mounted environments and with applications commonly used in field environments.

Twinhead

Twinhead Corp.’s DURABOOK D14RY ruggedized notebook features lightning-fast Intel® Core™ Duo and Core 2 Duo processors as well as optional TPM 1.2, a hardware-based security technology for data protection. The D14RY features Intel Centrino™ Duo mobile technology, Intel Pro / Wireless LAN 3945 ABG (802.11a/b/g), as well as Genuine Microsoft Windows XP (professional and home editions). The D14RY is Windows Vista ready, supports DDRII 667 SDRAM, and includes a non-glare 14.1-inch XGA TFT LCD display.

The D14RY comes in a magnesium-alloy case and an anti-shock mounting design that protects the LCD screen and hard disk drive from damage and data loss, plus a flexible HDD cable design, which absorbs shock from drops. An exclusive optical disk tray lock prevents unintentional tray eject from vibration. DuraBooks can withstand drops of 29 inches onto hard surfaces, and they meet U.S. military 810F standards. The D14RY’s spill-resistant design insulates the keyboard, touchpad and adjacent buttons, stopping spills from leaking into sensitive interior parts.

Xplore Technologies

At the heart of Xplore’s iX104C3 is an Intel Pentium M 733 processor for a full Windows operating system. The iX104C3 also incorporates a durable fingerprint reader for Windows security authentication. A user-accessible hard drive and a user-accessible PCMCIA bay can be used for compact flash cards or Xplore-approved wireless cards. A triple-layer Magnesium housing with a bumper system and customized gaskets enables the iX104C3 to survive in harsh environments and even drops to concrete.

Equipped with Xplore’s AllVue™ technology, the iX104C3 allows users superior visualization whether operating in direct sunlight or office light. With the pen-touch technology incorporated into the design of the iX104C3, mobile workers can enter information where it happens, which can easily be uploaded via a network connection or portable storage media. Long-life lithium batteries with warm swap capabilities support extended field usage away from wired power sources. All of Xplore’s Tablet PCs meet U.S. military standards (MIL-STD 810F).

Jennifer Gavigan is the former associate editor of LAW and ORDER magazine. She can be reached at jengavigan@comcast.net.


Published in Public Safety IT, May/Jun 2007

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