HP Toughens Up Portables

Pair of ruggedized portables are designed to withstands drops, extreme heat and cold, dust, and water.

ATLANTA—Hewlett-Packard Co. is going rugged.

The company on Tuesday will introduce two ruggedized portable computers—the HP Rugged Notebook mr3600 and the HP Rugged Tablet tr3000—which are designed to withstand falls, long-term vibration, extreme operating temperatures, dust and rain (although an HP official at the CTIA Wireless conference here refused to pour water on the notebook to prove it).

Both products comply with standard military specifications for ruggedized computers and an Ingress Protection rating of IP54, which means they protect against dust to a certain extent and water sprayed from all directions.

The two systems operate with three integrated radios, meaning they support wide-area networks, wireless LANs and personal-area networks simultaneously.

The HP Rugged Notebook nr3600 sports a 12.1-inch Outdoor Transmissive display and a shock-mounted 40GB or 80GB removable hard drive. It includes up to a 1.7GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor and 1GB of memory and weighs 7.9 pounds. Pricing starts at $4,099.

The HP Rugged Tablet PC tr3000 includes up to a 933MHz Intel Pentium III processor, support for up to 640MB of SDRAM, an internal microphone and speaker, fax/modem and Ethernet ports, and a Compact Flash slot. It weighs 3.7 pounds. Pricing starts at $3,449.

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