General Dynamics Itronix GD8000 Is One Battle-Ready Notebook
The same folks that conceived and built the U.S. Air Force's F-16 Falcon fighter jet and the Marine Corps' Stryker Combat Vehicle are behind the Itronix GD8000 notebook, a military-standard notebook computer. You don't have to be a soldier to appreciate what the GD8000 has to offer. While the unit may be at home on the battlefield, it can be even more useful at a construction site, hospital or police car.
The $3,800 Itronix GD8000 is built to take a beating and is loaded with features, including:
- Magnesium chassis with impact-absorbing polycarbonate casing
- 13.3-inch DynaVue touch-screen display for outdoor/direct sunlight viewing
- Ergonomic design, full-size keyboard
- Weighs 7.9 pounds fully equipped
- Operating temperature from -22F to 140F
- Up to 10-hour battery life
- Integrated GPS and wireless connectivity with Wi-Fi, optional high-powered WLAN and Bluetooth
- Fingerprint reader, smartcard port
- Trusted Platform Module 1.2 and optional embedded Computrace software
- EnergyStar and EPEAT certified
Sizewise, the Itronix GD8000 is a little bit bigger than a traditional notebook. At roughly 10 inches by 12 inches by 2 inches, the Itronix GD8000 Notebook is a little heavy on the arm and too big to hide in a briefcase. But who needs a case with the GD8000? The unit sports an integrated carry handle and closes up tight, eliminating the need for a separate travel case-except of course for the power supply. Users will need to put the power brick somewhere and regrettably, that power brick is full-size. An integrated power supply would prove to be a nice option, allowing users to just carry the PC and a power cord.