General Dynamics launches GoBook XR-1 fully rugged notebook in Europe

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Not sure where you use a notebook, but if it’s in adverse conditions or somewhere where it might get a few knocks, it might be worth taking a look at the General Dynamics GoBook XR-1, which has just been launched in Europe.

The XR-1 is the first fully rugged notebook to carry the Intel Core-Duo 1.83 GHz processor – and it’s also world’s smallest and lightest fully rugged wireless notebook at just 11.8" by 9.65" by 1.97". It also features a dedicated ATI M22-CSP/32 external graphics controller, a 40 or 80GB 5400 rpm SATA hard drive, a power management utility, and an integrated Ethernet 1GB LAN and an anti-reflective screen and glow-in-the-dark keys for better outdoor viewing.

As the name suggests, it’s also very rugged, meeting military standards for drop/shock and vibration and also protected against water and dust. And for operating in sub-zero weather, it incorporates heaters for the hard drive and display. And for wireless connectivity, there’s  WLAN, WWAN (GPRS/UMTS/HSDPA), Bluetooth and GPS. 

Obviously this doesn’t come cheap – the base configuration retails for £2,547.

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Dave Walker