Items tagged with Rugged

Rugged? Check. Relatively sleek? Check. How on Earth can you have both? Just ask GammaTech. It's rare these days to find a rugged, tough notebook that isn't ugly and brutally thick, but GammaTech's new S15C manages to be fairly slim while maintaining a tough physique. It's the newest notebook in the company's Durabook line, and it uses a 15.6" display, stereo speakers and a pair of dual-channel DDR3 memory slots. Jen Chen, GammaTech President, had this to say about the launch: "Just because an individual works away from an office and uses their notebook computer in a harsh environment is no reason for he or she not to enjoy the benefits of a notebook computer with a brilliant screen and powerful... Read more...
Most of today's tablets, like it or not, aim for the same market. The Galaxy Tab, iPad and every other mainstream tablet on the market appeals to the generic consumer, but there are a few companies out there who are really pursuing the fringe markets. DRS Technologies is one of those companies. Just as Panasonic has done with their ToughBook notebook line, DRS is hoping to appeal to the rough and rugged crowd with their newest tablet, the ARMOR X7. It's a small, compact unit, and specially-designed for use on mission-critical applications that demand connectivity, mobility and durability. The X7 is engineered to handle all-weather conditions, so there's no issue with rain, humidity, sleet or... Read more...
The holidays are coming up soon, and your kiddos are probably on your mind. And they're on the mind of PeeWee PC. Earlier this year, in April, PeeWee PC introduced their very first kid-friendly netbook, and already version 2.0 is arriving. The PeeWee Pivot 2.0 laptop is more rugged and kid-approved than ever, with this 3.7lb. notebook having a 180-degre rotating display, Windows 7 and an Intel Atom N450 processor. There's also a retractable carrying handle, water resistant keyboard, a built-in webcam, a touch panel, 15 pre-loaded educational games, a rubber slip-resistant grip and a shell that can probably survive a few drops here and there. It's definitely a rugged machine, designed specifically... Read more...
Windows CE 5.0 may not be the most advanced mobile operating system on the planet right now, but there's still a place for it on certain devices. Certain devices like Eurotech's new rugged family of handhelds. The HRC-4200 and the HRC-3100 are both running Windows CE 5.0 and are based on the low power PXA architecture, and both of them can connect to the Eurotech/Isidorey cloud platform so customers can create end-to-end data solutions that provide immediate data visibility throughout their organization without the need to buy, set up and maintain an IT infrastructure. The HRC-4200  is a rugged powerful handheld computer featuring a unique large half VGA color display. It's a unique screen... Read more...
Panasonic announced a new addition to its Toughbook U1 family in the form of the new Toughbook U1 Ultra. This new Toughbook features a 64GB solid state hard drive, 2GB of memory, an Intel Atom Z530 Processor (1.6GHz), and Windows 7. It also has a TransflectivePlus display for up to 6000 nit viewability in direct sunlight. As its name would suggest, the Toughbook is tough—it can withstand a drop of 6 feet from any angle and it has a fanless design to make it water and dust resistant. The Toughbook U1 Ultra is currently available for approximately $2,799. Panasonic Introduces Newest Member of Toughbook U1 Family Toughbook U1 Ultra Offers Improved Sunlight Viewability, Windows 7 and Faster... Read more...
Generally, when you talk about rugged notebooks, you imagine a thick, clunky machine that looks like it has body armor strapped on it. In other words, "portable" and "rugged" rarely go together, as even rugged notebooks are real beasts to tote around. But Handheld Group, a Swedish based supplier of rugged computers, might have a winner with the Algiz XRW. This is one of the first rugged portables that we have seen to boast a frame that isn't truly huge, and it's actually stylish on some levels, all which providing an intense level of protection from the elements. It's a full rugged ultraportable with a 10.1" widescreen (sunlight-readable LCD), a 2GHz Intel Atom CPU, 64GB SSD, 2GB of DDR2 memory... Read more...
Lock up the netbook, put away the eBook reader, and for Heaven's sake man, hide that wimpy tablet. While you're at it, go ahead and shuttle all of your other mobile devices out of sight, because AIS's new 12.1-inch Rugged Vehicle Computer (RVC) will eat all those for breakfast. It's not that AIS's RVC comes equipped with high-end components -- it doesn't -- but this thing is ready to go to war (and offroading) with a bevy of safeguards for just about any kind of harsh environment you can think of. It all starts with a rugged aluminum alloy housing protecting the internal parts. According to AIS, its new device meets the Military Standard 810F specs for anti-shock and vibration, but that only... Read more...
Generally speaking, the main name in rugged portable computers is Panasonic. Their Toughbook line has long since been viewed as the one-stop shop for a computer that can travel with you yet still withstand the elements. But Getac has been offering similar machines for awhile as well, and their new V100 offers some pretty compelling reasons to look at it over a Toughbook. It all starts with the Core i7 (1.2GHz) processor, which is rarely found in rugged/tough notebooks, and is called the quickest dual-core convertible on the market today. The V100 convertible PC is built like a tank, offering a 1200 NIT QuadraClear Display, a multi-touch panel, magnesium alloy case and a 5-year warranty. The display... Read more...
The world's most adventurous USB flash drive? That's a fairly bold claim to make, particularly when you're a finesse company like LaCie. We have seen quite a few rugged flash drives grace our pages, but the company that is generally known for producing the best looking storage products is now looking to produce the best looking and toughest USB flash drive. Can there really be a product with the best of both worlds? The LaCie XtremKey actually is pretty extreme, with versions available that hold up to 64GB of storage inside an enclosure that's made to withstand the elements. It uses a premium flash memory modules inside a 2mm metal pipe casing, and it's sealed with wear-resistant screw threads... Read more...
There's a new member in the Toughbook family that's being introduced by Panasonic today, but you wouldn't know it by just glancing at the basic specifications. Nothing about a 14.1" notebook that weighs just 3.6lbs. screams "Toughbook," but sure enough, the new F9 is about as rugged and tough as the come. The 14" form factor is a rare one, but Panasonic has somehow managed to create a laptop in this form factor that's both the world's lightest (for a 14" notebook) and tough enough to fall into the Toughbook line. It's hard to say if this invention will mean that future Toughbooks in other sizes will slim down and look better, but the F9 is definitely a step in that direction. The ultraportable... Read more...
Tablet PCs may just be approaching the mainstream, but "tablets" in general have been around for years. One sector that never really died out was the rugged tablet, with many working in the field needing a touch-based machine with a chassis that could take a beating. American Industrial Systems (AIS) has been making hardcore tablets for awhile, and the company has an all-new one designed to MIL-STD-810F compliance standard for withstanding shock, drops, vibration, temperature extremes, humidity, dust and water. Pretty tough, huh? The new Ruggedized Military Tablet PC is engineered to last even in harsh environments, and while it's not the sexiest machine out there, it can definitely hold up a... Read more...
S3 Graphics have been making GPUs for longer than you can probably remember. NVIDIA and ATI may get all the attention, but the "Chrome" integrated graphics product is powering a few million devices as we speak. That's pretty monumental, and S3 doesn't show any signs of letting up anytime soon. In an effort to keep on trucking despite being undercover to most of the consumer world, the company has recently unveiled the latest newcomer to the Chrome Series graphics family, the 500E-based eH1. Shown first at ESC 2010, this new graphics solution is designed for road roads, bumpy terrain and rugged environments. The eH1 is meant mainly for industrial-grade systems, offering extreme reliability... Read more...
Now, this is interesting. Not the keyboard...well, yes, the keyboard as well, but we're primarily talking about the name of this company. Econo-Keys has just issued its newest keyboard, one that is said to be "waterproof." Maybe we're crazy, but wouldn't you only expect stripped-down keyboards from a company called Econo-Keys? The world is a crazy place, we tell ya!The EKB-97-TP not only has a name you'll never remember, but it's definitely one of the most rugged and outdoor-ready ones that we have ever seen. It's a sealed design that keeps water out, yet it's still slim enough to be carried about without too much hassle. It also includes an integrated trackpad (rare for a keyboard) and number... Read more...
If you're old enough to remember the Nintendo NES Power Glove, you'll definitely get a kick out of this. iKey Designs has just introduced a customized, wearable keyboard for SpecOps Systems, and it's probably one of the most interested input peripherals that we've seen in the past few years. SpecOps has a pretty awesome mission in life: to design rugged, wearable computer technology to provide enhanced situational awareness of the battle space for military soldiers to use in the field. If it's good enough for war, it's probably good enough for whatever crazy adventure you've got planned. The new keyboard was designed after a customer asked for a computer with an integrated board that was small... Read more...
If you've been getting used using USB 2.0, and you have no intentions of ever upgrading, LaCie may have the thing to sway you against your better wishes. The storage company has today introduced an expansion to their "Rugged" family, as the Rugged eSATA slips in to provide users faster transfer rates than they're used to while also freeing up a USB port for some other duty.The Rugged drive isn't changed in design (well, aside from that different looking port), but now with the Power eSATA connector, users can expect speeds up to 90MB/s in a mobile, portable form factor - without compromising bus power capability. Additionally, you can use it as a USB drive if that's all your have access to in... Read more...
Earlier this year, Panasonic, Fujifilm, and Canon announced rugged cameras that could withstand drops, water, and much more. When these models were announced, we couldn't help but notice that Casio was absent from the list, especially since the company has its own G-SHOCK brand that already offers shock-resistant timepieces and a water-resistant mobile phone. Fast-forward a few months, and Casio is now ready to join other manufacturers in offering a shock-resistant, waterproof, and dustproof camera. In addition to being rugged, the new EX-G1 offers many of the same features you'd find on today's newest digital cameras. For instance, this 12.1 megapixel camera can capture video in widescreen format... Read more...
ioSafe is expanding its lineup of ioSafe Solo external USB hard drives with a new 2TB model for $399. Like other models in the line, the new drive is waterproof and fireproof. With the new drive, ioSafe hopes to provide both business and home users with an easy way to backup and protect against data loss. Additional details are available in the press release below. ioSafe Announces the Availability of the Two Terabyte ioSafe Solo - Fireproof and Waterproof USB External Hard Drive The ioSafe Solo, the world's first high capacity fireproof and waterproof external hard drive, now offers up to two terabytes (2 TB) of storage space. Priced at $399, the 2 TB ioSafe Solo provides an unprecedented amount... Read more...
With Windows 7 out, we're apt to see a whole lot more Dell machines shipping with multi-touch capabilities. One of the best attributes to Win7 is its ability to natively interact with multi-touch applications and hardware, but even before that, Dell was dabbling in the technology with some of its notebooks.Now, the company is mixing two niche product groups together in order to get this: the Latitude XT2 XFR. Hailed as the industry's smallest 12.1" rugged convertible tablet PC with a multi-touch display, this little guy is one tough cookie. It's small and thin--not much larger than some netbooks, but it's far more durable and able to withstand the elements for those who spend more time working... Read more...
Never heard of Gorilla Glass? That's a shame, and if we had our druthers, we'd like to see it on every notebook out there. Of course, it's pretty darn expensive, so maybe we'd only like to see it when prices sink down a bit. At any rate, Motion Computing has decided to offer the extremely durable screen on its C5 and F5 tablets, both of which are designed for field use and are apt to come into contact with some pretty rough environments.The C5 and F5 are both within the outfit's "rugged tablet" lineup, and now they can be ordered with Corning glass in order to keep your screen free from breaks even in the wild. The Motion C5 and F5 were designed for mobile professionals across vertical industries... Read more...
If you’re the reason why wireless operators offer insurance for mobile phones, then Sonim's latest phone might be just what you need. Sonim claims the new XP3 Quest is the only mobile phone available today with an IP67 rating, meaning it is completely dust resistant and waterproof in depths of up to 3.3 feet. What’s even better, the phone can survive being dropped from up to 6.5 feet onto concrete, submerged in water for up to 30 minutes, and tolerates temperatures from -5 to +130 degrees. In addition, the XP3 Quest is capable of providing 1,500 hours of standby time and up to 18 hours of talk time with its lithium ion battery. Other features of the XP3 Quest include a customized keypad with... Read more...
If you're looking to score a rugged notebook, there's hardly a better place to look than in Panasonic's Toughbook line. For years now, the iconic series has led the way in durable computing, with its briefcase-styled rigs able to withstand an intense amount of abuse in the field, on the road and in the wild.Today, Panasonic is taking things one step further by announcing that its fully-rugged line and Toughbook U1 are he first to be certified by an independent third party test lab to meet the newer and more demanding MIL-STD-810G standard for environmental conditions, which was issued in October 2008 and supersedes MIL-STD-810F. In other words, these things are good enough for the military to... Read more...
We're a little fuzzy on our high school science, but we're pretty sure somewhere along the line we heard that "for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." Some Newton guy, we think? Anywho, just days after we saw a new USB flash drive from Buffalo that will inevitably get lost in your pants pockets, Verbatim has introduced a drive of its own that you'll have no excuse to ever misplace.The aptly-named TUFF-CLIP is a super durable USB drive that was engineered to withstand some beatings and to never, ever get lost. Available now with capacities of 4GB in turquoise and 8GB in black, the drives offer up clip-and-go convenience, perfect for strapping on your notebook case or belt buckle.... Read more...
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