General Dynamics Itronix GD8000 Is One Battle-Ready Notebook

In the realm of tough and sturdy notebooks, champions are far and few between. Sure, there's Panasonic's ToughBooks, Gammatech's Durabooks, and even Dell has a rugged notebook. They're all fine machines, but no one is about to dunk a ToughBook in 30 gallons of water or throw one on concrete over and over. That is where General Dynamics comes in.

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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.

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