While it’s not quite the Toughbook tablet the ruggedly connected have likely been waiting for, the Itronix GD2000 sounds like quite the capable machine for your on-the-go computing needs. And, yes, it’s quite mobile for such a durably-equipped computer, too, measuring about the size of two paperback books stacked together.
Made by General Dynamics, the handheld PC boasts some serious rugged talents, meeting all MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461F standards for extreme condition survival. The case is IP-54 rated , as well, with a die-cast magnesium construction and fully-sealed IO ports.
The Itronix GD2000 measures 1.8 x 6.6 x 4.8 inches and weighs 2.4 lbs, which should make it small enough to fit on that fanny pack you insist on wearing all the time (dude, fanny packs still aren’t hip, even if you wear them ironically). Despite the miniature stature, it’s quite the well-serviced machine, packing enough hardware strength to act like regular netbook. Details include a 1.2GHz Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM (with one expansion slot), a 256MB graphics card, a 64GB SATA SSD and a 7,600 mAH battery pack (good for 6 hours of use). Even better, that battery is hot-swappable, which makes it easy to load up on extra power for extended use on the road.
It features a 5.6-inch touchscreen display (1024 x 600 resolution) that’s fully viewable under sunlight, as well as a mic, speaker and a 3.5mm port. It has room for 3 RF modems and a GPS radio, so you can specify your desired wireless connectivity additions (WiFi, Bluetooth, HSPA and HSPA+ are all supported). Other features include four USB ports, one ethernet port and a docking station with extra connectors (including a VGA out).
General Dynamics calls their Itronix GD2000 the “ideal combination of size, weight and power.” Notice that price is not in the ideal combination criteria? Yeah, that’s because prices start at a daunting $4,900.