Handheld Puts Rugged Notebook in Your Hand

Handheld Group, a Swedish supplier of rugged computers, announced the new Algiz XRW rugged notebook. It is a fully rugged laptop with a 10.1-inch widescreen featuring sunlight-readable MaxView screen technology, and a 2 GHz Intel Atom processor.

It includes a 64 GB solid state disk and 2 GB of DDR2 RAM. The Algiz XRW runs the Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate operating system.

According to the company, the full-featured and lightweight Algiz XRW presents an array of mobile capabilities. It comes standard with Bluetooth, WLAN and GPS as well as a built-in 2-megapixel autofocus camera that allows video conferencing in the field.

An optional 3G modem can provide high-speed GSM/UMTS/EVDO data transmission. The Algiz XRW is ready for Gobi 2000 technology – which means you’ll be able to work on your choice of wireless frequency anywhere in the world.

And you can put in a full day’s work, with a 57.6 Wh battery that works for 8 hours on a single charge.

“Our new product fulfills all the market requirements: lightweight and mobile, long battery life, fast processing speed, best in class screen, and all features fully integrated and built rugged from the inside and out,” said Jerker Hellstrom, CEO of Handheld Group.

The rugged Algiz XRW, says the company, is a powerful performer that weighs in at only 1.5 kilos. Its keyboard and mouse-touchpad, illuminated by two led lights, are fully sealed, and it carries an IP65 rating against sand, dust and water.

It passes MIL-STD-810F ruggedness testing, including drop tests from 1.2 meters, and can also handle extreme temperatures from 21 degrees-C to 70 degrees-C.

The Algiz XRW will be shown at trade shows worldwide in the coming months and orders can be placed immediately. First customer shipping will begin in December.

The Handheld Group of Sweden has local offices in Finland, the Netherlands, Italy and the USA.

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