Desktops and Notebooks: GDI's GD8000 Laptop Offers Tough Competition for Dell, Panasonic

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-03-16 Print this article Print
GDI's GD8000 Laptop Offers Tough Competition for Dell, Panasonic

GDI's GD8000 Laptop Offers Tough Competition for Dell, Panasonic

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The General Dynamics Itronix GD8000 rugged notebook is the newest offering from a partnership with deep roots to utility, first-responder and military customers. Understanding that its notebooks were being dropped from bucket trucks and used in the rain, GDI exceeded the requirements of industry standards for drop testing and water resistance. The GD8000 can withstand more falls than its predecessor, and withstand longer exposure to wind and rain. Screen size has also been increased, and GDI's DynaVue technology makes it visible in direct sunlight. Inside a magnesium housing, the GD8000 additionally offers all the features of an enterprise business device, including Wi-Fi, WLAN and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as integrated Gobi 2000 for connectivity to EV-DO and UMTS cellular networks. Additional features include fingerprint, smartcard and password security, plus a Trusted Platform Module 1.2 cryptoprcessor and optional embedded Computrace software. The notebook is also EnergyStar and EPEAT certified, and pricing begins at $3,800 By Michelle Maisto
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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