Apple’s iPad might have the market cornered for sexy tablet devices at the moment, but sexy technology usually also means “fragile.” Getac knows that’s the last things many folks who need computers out in the field want, and it has revved up its portable E100 ruggedized tablets to meet the needs of real-world folks working out in the wild doing utility, customer service, and other work out where dumps, dust, vibration, and moisture are the norm. The new Getac E100 rugged tablets now feature a 1.6 MHz processor, a standard solid-state drive (SSD), along with the sunlight-readable 8.4-inch 800 by 600-pixel display. Plus, the E100 meets MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards for protection against muck, dust, water, vibration, temperature, shocks, and other hazards that would do in a traditional notebook…or an iPad.
“The upgraded E100 offers substantial performance improvements at a competitive price that makes it attractive for deployment to an entire field-based workforce,” said Getac president Jim Rimay, in a statement. “It fills a tremendous void in the rugged marketplace for a lightweight tablet PC that provides nearly every advanced feature and function essential to field operations while offering all the convenience of a compact device that can balance in the palm of your hand.”
The E100 can get up to 5 hours of battery life, and features an embedded backup battery that enables users to easily hot-swap batteries without having to shut down the system. The unit is houses in a studry magnesium allow chassis, and sports gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 wireless networking, optional 3G connectivity, an RS-232 serial port, two USB ports, and options for smartcard readers. The E100 runs Windows XP Tablet edition or Windows Vista, and available options include a vehicle dock, carrying case, and a portable dual-battery charger.
Of course, all that macho ruggedness doesn’t really come cheap: Getac hasn’t announced pricing information for the updated E100s, but the existing models start at about $2,600.