Ruggedized Anything portable has a high probability that it will break, thanks to human error. A lot of us like to sip on something (coffee, tea, Coke, etc.) when we work or play. A few of us have had the unpleasant experience of spilling some of that unto our computers. Heck, many of us have spilled the actual PC onto the floor! Not only that, we all know what happens with our fragile computers when our kids (and their friends) who love to play with the keyboard and touch the screen. Dell‘s Latitude XT2 XFR might have had Verizon Wireless field engineers or the military in mind, but I think a lot of moms and dads would appreciate a ruggedized multitouch tablet PC.
Windows 7 The XT2 XFR is a ruggedized XT2 sporting a 12.1-inch multitouch LCD and powered by Intel’s Core 2 Duo SU9600 CPU running at 1.60GHz. The LCD features a 1280 x 800 resolution. I wonder if the LCD is LED backlit. Other specs include up to 5GB DDR3 RAM, a hard drive or SSD, and hot-swappable modules including a soon-to-be-available GPS module. Originally reported to have limited OS options to Vista or XP, it looks like it is all about Windows 7 and for good reason: Windows 7 reviews point to a very robust built-in multitouch capability. Here are some other specs:
- Display: 12.1-inch DLV outdoor-readable with Dual Touch Option
- Storage: 160GB 5400RPM SATA or SSD (64GB or 128GB with Full Disk Encryption)
- GPU: Intel Integrated GMA 4500MHD
- Keyboard: Standard Sealed Keyboard or Backlit Rubber Sealed Keyboard
- Trackpad: Gesture-enabled
- Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi AGN, 3G (EVDO-HSPA GOBI, HSUPA/HSDPA, EV-DO Rev. A), Bluetooth, ExpressCard/54, SD Card Slot, Three USB 2.0, FireWire, VGA, RJ-45, Three External RF Antenna Pass Through Connections
- Battery: 4/6/9-cell
- Weight: 5.4-pounds (2.45kg)
- Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.4 x 1.5-inch (308 x 239 x 39mm)
Expensive If you need multitouch, a tablet, and ruggedness, the XT2 XFR seems to be a good bet but you’ll need to pay handsomely for it: starts at US$3,599. Check out the video. In the video the XT2 XFR goes through some tests: multiple drops (about 3 feet, I think, flat, sideways), water drops (no spills), vibration (with the unit on), cold temperature (the XT2 XFR is frozen!).