Itronix claims there is no more rugged notebook computer available, and to prove it they've put the GoBook Max through a rigorous testing regime - it's survived 54 drops from over ten metres onto plywood over concrete, been baked in an oven and exceeds military specifications for water resistance, vibration and dust. Built to deliver reliable field service under extreme conditions, the GoBook Max includes a CDPD antenna as part of its integrated wireless setup and RF contacts for external vehicle-mounted antennas. All structural components of the 2.81 kg notebook are die-cast magnesium, its 20 GB hard disk drive is shock mounted and the processor is a 700 MHz Pentium III. The Max is also "intrinsically safe" - a military term meaning it doesn't emit any sparks that may cause explosions in the wrong environment - and the touch-screen interface and built-in handle enhance its portability. If you're not convinced about how rugged it is, look closely at the pic below. For more info, see the manufacturers at www.gobookmax.com and www.itronix.com.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon