GDIs GD8000

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-03-23 Print this article Print


GDI's GD8000

General Dynamics Itronix released the GD8000 on March 16, a long-coming update to its rugged notebook line. With the GD8000, GDI particularly emphasized improvements in three areas:

??Ç         Viewability: This was addressed with GDI's DynaVue technology. Military and field service workers make up a considerable portion of rugged device users, so a crisp, readable screen in all outdoor lighting conditions is essential.

??Ç         Increased ruggedness: GDI went beyond industry testing standards for both how many drops to concrete a single powered-on GD8000 can withstand (26 drops from 42 inches) and the amount of water it can stay sealed against.

??Ç         Improved battery life: According to GDI, battery life was boosted from the 8 hours in its GoBook XR-1 to 10 hours with the GD8000, which it credits Intel technology.

Specifically, that improvement comes from an Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400 processor, along with a 120GB hard drive and 4GB of DDR3 (double data rate 3) memory, and an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD.

The GD8000 has a 13.3-inch screen and weighs 6.9 pounds in its basic configuration; pricing begins at $3,800.

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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