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Habey PPC-6512 12-inch Touchscreen Rugged PC

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on July 24th, 2011

Habey USA has unveiled its new 12-inch touchscreen rugged PC, called the Habey PPC-6512. It’s powered by a 1.8GHz dual core Intel Atom processor, with a 512MB nVidia ION GT218 graphics card, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a 2.5-inch removable hard drive and a VESA wall mount.

As an added bonus, the Habey PPC-6512 can also output dual independent displays via VGA and HDMI ports with a max resolution of up to 2560×1600. You also get four USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, LAN, S/PDIF HD digital audio, and dual internal mini-PCI Express slots. It is compatible with both Windows and Linux. You can get it now for $800.

General Dynamics Itronix GD2000 Rugged Portable PC

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2011

If you are in the market for a rugged laptop, check out the GD2000 fully-rugged PC from General Dynamics Itronix. It features a 1.2GHz Intel Ultra Low Voltage Core Solo processor, a highly sensitive GPS and a 5.6-inch daylight-viewable DynaVue (1024 x 600) touchscreen display.

There’s also a hot swappable Lithium-ion battery pack, so you can replace the battery without system interruption. That’s pretty handy all by itself. A MicroDIMM memory expansion slot gives you increased memory space and it has an ergonomically designed keyboard.

Clickfree C2 Rugged External HDD Can Take A Fall

Posted in External Hard Drives by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2011

Storage Appliance Corporation has announced the new Clickfree C2 Rugged portable HDD. This storage device passes U.S. Military Standard Transit Drop Test (MIL-STD 801F Method 516.5 Procedurte IV) and will continue to work even after accidental drops from 48-inches. That’s pretty tough.

It has a sturdy rubber outer sleeve as well as inner shock absorbers. If you are accident prone, make sure you pick one up. The Clickfree C2 Rugged uses a patented EASY Run feature to automatically start, search, organize and backup a computer’s data as soon as you are connected to a PC or Mac, which is another nice feature.

Rugged Casio G’zOne Commado gets official

Posted in Casio by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2011

Casio’s rugged G’zOne Commando is now official. It is coming to Verizon on April 28th for $200 on-contract. The Commando is the first rugged Android handset on Verizon’s network. The device meets 810G military specifications for water, dust, shock, vibration, salt fog, solar radiation, and temperature extremes and runs Android 2.2 (Froyo). Sounds like it has you covered no matter what the situation is.

It also sports a 5 megapixel autofocus camera, WiFi, stereo Bluetooth, and a hotspot feature to share the 3G connection with up to five devices. It also comes with some apps like a compass, pedometer, star gazer, and thermometer.

Stealth introduces rugged All In One PCs

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2011

Some of us need a rugged PC, whether it’s because you work in harsh conditions or are just hard on your equipment. Stealth Computer has something new to offer those who need a more durable PC. Their latest rugged PC is an all-in-one solution, one that is great for interactive kiosks, outdoor computing, or marine, aviation, security and industrial environments.

The machine’s panel is sealed against windblown dust and rain, splashing and hose-directed water and you can choose from three screen sizes. Other features include a touchscreen user interface, dual-core processing, HDD or SSD storage options and a variety of I/O connectivity options.

GammaTech introduces rugged Core i7 Durabook notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

GammaTech, the company that sounds like they gave the Hulk his powers, has introduced a rugged notebook in the 15.6-inch Durabook S15C. It sports a magnesium alloy case and conforms to 810G military standards. The hard drive is encased in a cable that will absorb shocks and the keyboard is spill-resistant.

The optical drive bay even has a lock-out that will prevent it from opening when the notebook is dropped. There is also double protection battery circuits to prevent overheating and over-voltage damage. Yes, they went above and beyond with this one.

Sonim XP3300 Force is rugged, delivers longest talk time in the world

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2011

Sonim is back with another rugged handset at MWC this year with the XP3300 Force. The Force has one major feature going for it, the ability to offer the longest talk time of any cellphone in the world at 20 to 24 hours, or 20 to 24 hours of continuous GPS tracking, along with 800 hours of standby.

Sonim made this just as rugged as it’s other offerings, casting the Force in a fiberglass shell with 1.5 millimeters of Gorilla Glass over the display, all adding up to an IP-68-rated device that can survive a two-meter drop onto concrete, two meters of submersion in wastewater and temperatures ranging from 20 below zero to 55 degrees Celsius (-4 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit).


Ballistic Verizon iPhone 4 compatible rugged case

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 7th, 2011

Ballistic has launched a new version of their Ballistic HC rugged case for the Verizon iPhone 4. The case shares many of the same features as the previous version for the iPhone 4. The Ballistic HC iPhone 4 case comes with five layers: a runner layer, a rigid frame, an outer rubber layer for shock absorption, a removable outer silicone layer and a screen protector.

Yep, they really went ballistic designing this one. It should be rugged enough for anything you will throw at it in your daily life. It even makes your phone look tough.

Isabella Fable rugged tablet for kids

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2010

Isabella has announced their rugged Fable tablet for kids. Now your little tykes can access e-books and share photos via VizitMe.com. The tablet can store created drawings in the cloud, and of course allows parents to limit content access so they don’t find bad things.

Isabella already has a deal with global education publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to provide picture books and interactive content. Some other features include a mobile broadband connection and a camera which can snap photos to be colored later using the drawing app.

Verykool R80 Rugged Survival Phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

Rugged phones are usually more rugged than pretty, since they are made to survive harsh conditions. But here’s the exception. A company called Verykool has a new rugged phone called the R80 that looks attractive. The phone is a quad band device supporting 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies and it uses GPRS class 12 technology.

Some other features include a 2.4-inch screen and it has a screen on the back that is a 1-inch OLED. There’s also Bluetooth, USB tethering, and PC sync capability as well as a 2MP camera and four hours of talk time and ten days on standby.

A-Data intros a new line of rugged USB Flash Drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

A-Data has introduced their newest line of rugged USB flash drives, the S007. These drives come in capacities ranging from 4GB to 32GB, are waterproof and shockproof and feature a rubber housing.

It sports a USB 2.0/1.1 interface and these drives are fully compliant with the US MIL-STD-810F-514.5C-3 military standards. These drives offer read and write speeds of up to 30 MB/s and 8 MB/s.


Nautiz X3 Rugged WinMob PDA

Posted in PDAs by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2010

You may not use one, but many companies still need to use a rugged PDA. And if you do need one, the Nautiz X3 should do the trick. It’s a Windows Mobile 6.5 device with an IP65 rating and meets the MIL-STD-810G standard. It’s capable of withstanding drops from 1.8 meters and will operate in temperatures from -20 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius.

No info on price yet, but specifications include: Windows Mobile 6.5, 806MHz X-Scale processor, 256MB of RAM, 512MB of flash, 3G modem, Bluetooth, GPS, Altimeter, G-sensor, Compass, 3,300mAh battery, 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display and a 3-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash.


Getac updates B300 rugged notebook with new screens and faster CPU

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2010

Rugged notebooks come in different levels of rugged. There are some that are only a bit more rugged than your average notebook and then there are some that are able to withstand the harshest of conditions and survive drops, water, and dust. The Getac B300 is one of the most rugged machines you will find.

Getac has announced that it has updated the B300 with some new specifications and features. The machine now gets a faster Intel Core i7 CPU running at 2GHz that can be boosted to 2.8GHz with Intel Turbo Boost tech. The machine also gets a standard 700-nit brightness LCD and has an optional 1400-nit rated screen.

Algiz XRW Rugged 10 inch High Spec laptop

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2010

Algiz have just launched their new Rugged laptop the Algiz XRW. The “XRW” means “eXtreme Road Warrior”. It is equipped with a 10 inch 1366 x 768 daylight viewable screen as well as some good performance specs. The Algiz XRW has a full keyboard and a powerful 2 GHz Intel Atom processor, a 64 GB SSD, 2 GB of DDR2 RAM and runs Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate.

The keyboard and mouse-touchpad are illuminated by two led lights. There are 2 x USB 2.0 sockets, Bluetooth / WiFi, GPS, 2 megapixel webcam and an optional Gobi 2000 WWAN module. The internal battery will deliver up to 8 hours on a single charge.

Motorola Defy confirmed for T-Mobile US

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2010

Motorola has confirmed a North American version of the Defy for T-Mobile. The rugged Android phone will ship by the holidays and is also getting some show time on the Oprah Winfrey Show today apparently. It’s being called a US exclusive for the carrier.

The Defy is one of the first touch-only phones to be designed this rugged. It has resistance to dust, scratching and water, and is also the fastest with an 800MHz TI OMAP chip. It runs Android 2.1 with the full Motoblur social networking layer on top and currently only supports Flash Lite for a plugin. It also has a typical 3.7-inch display, a five-megapixel camera, GPS and Wi-Fi, but its outdoorsy design gives it a dual microphone that reduces wind noise and other background sounds.