updated 09:55 am EDT, Mon March 16, 2009
Motion Computing tablet PC
Motion Computing on Monday announced the availability of its rugged tablet PC, the 12.1-inch J3400. To earn the rugged label, the J3400 is IP-52 rated and meets MIL-STD-810F specifications, that mean it can shake off a 3-foot drop onto plywood over concrete as well as lesser shocks; it further resists the damaging effects of dust and moisture. The drop protection is achieved by the use of a shock-mounted 1.8-inch HDD and display. An accelerometer and related hardware and software Motion calls DataGuard will protect data and the 80GB or 120GB hard drive by separating the needle from the disc surface when a fall is detected.
A 64GB solid state drive is optional and offers added measures of shock protection. For extended outdoor use, Motion also endowed the J3400 with dual 30W/hour lithium-ion batteries for up to a claimed 7.4 hours of use.
Processing power comes from either an Intel Core 2 Duo ULV chip rated at 1.2GHz or an optional 1.4GHz version from the same family. Graphics are handled by Intel's 4500MD integrated processor with 256MB of shared video memory. The preloaded operating system is Windows Vista Business, though an XP downgrade is included. Maximum RAM is 4GB, though the PC ships with 2GB.
A Qualcomm Gobi mobile broadband module allows 3G Internet access when out of the range of a hotspot, though draft-N Wi-Fi is standard fare. A 2-megapixel camera is built-in, as is a Bluetooth 2.1 module. A GPS sensor lets users find themselves on a map or get-tag photos. For connections, there are two USB ports, a VGA output, an Ethernet port and a docking connector in addition to the prerequisite audio and power connections. ExpressCard 34 is available for add-on cards, while a fingerprint reader and a Smart Card slot ensure security.
Prices for the J3400, which weighs 3.6lbs with one battery or 4lbs with both, start at $2,299; the tablet is available now.