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GoBook - the quarter-sized rugged laptop


June 20, 2007

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June 21, 2007 Rugged laptops with wireless connectivity are well suited to a lot of professions, from industrial and military to environmental and emergency services. As such, they've been gaining in popularity, with Panasonic's Toughbook, Sahara's Tufftab and even a Hummer laptop muscling into the market. General Dynamics now takes the rugged, go-anywhere laptop one step further, by reducing it to a quarter of the size with its GoBook MR-1, which meets the toughest standards for humidity, temperature, vibration, dust, rain and drop-resistance.

At 1.56” (H) x 6.0” (W) x 4.33” (D), and weighing only 2lbs, the GoBook MR-1 is a rugged wireless laptop that's small enough to be truly hand-held without sacrificing the feature level of a full-sized machine. The tiny device can be used and abused in the field, or docked at a workstation back at the office.

Featuring a 1.2Ghz Intel Core Solo Processor, 533MHz FSB, a 128MB 3D graphics card and up to 1gb of RAM, it will be powerful enough for the bulk of situations. A 5.6" SVGA outdoor-viewable LCD screen delivers the visuals and user input is via a thumb-typable keyboard, direction pad, thumbstick and touchpad, so there's no lack of options there.

Shock-mounted 40/80GB hard drives are standard, but the unit is also available with 16/32GB solid state flash drives for high-vibration environments where spinning discs would be at high risk. In-built GPS is a factory option, and the standard battery is good for between 3-6 hours.

It's an interesting concept - the GoBook MR-1 sits halfway between a palmtop and a laptop, ultra-portable and heavy duty while still acting as a complete laptop and docking to deliver a decent office PC experience too. Its size opens up a new range of possible applications where handhelds just haven't yet had the processing power and storage to compete. Watch this space.

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Loz Blain Loz has been one of Gizmag's most versatile contributors since 2007. Joining the team as a motorcycle specialist, he has since covered everything from medical and military technology to aeronautics, music gear and historical artefacts. Since 2010 he's branched out into photography, video and audio production, and he remains the only Gizmag contributor willing to put his name to a sex toy review. A singer by night, he's often on the road with his a cappella band Suade. All articles by Loz Blain
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