Group Mobile Announces Best Rugged Computers of 2011 Guide

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Group Mobile, well known for carrying the top brands in rugged laptops, rugged tablet PCs, rugged PDAs, and rugged handheld computers has announced their “Best Rugged Computers of 2011 Guide”. The guide is based on opinions of Group Mobile’s rugged computer experts, as well as feedback from Group Mobile customers. For 2011, the categories analyzed include Best Fully Rugged Laptop, Best Bargain in a Semi-rugged Laptop, Best Bargain in a Rugged Tablet, Best Handheld Computer, and many more.

Toughbook 31

Panasonic Toughbook 31

The enhancements Panasonic made to the Toughbook 31 in 2011 continue to exceed the constantly growing rugged computing requirements of our consumers

Group Mobile, well known for carrying the top brands in rugged laptops, rugged tablet PCs, rugged PDAs, and rugged handheld computers has announced their “Best Rugged Computers of 2011 Guide”. The guide is based on opinions of Group Mobile’s rugged computer experts, as well as feedback from Group Mobile customers. For 2011, the categories analyzed include Best Fully Rugged Laptop, Best Bargain in a Semi-rugged Laptop, Best Bargain in a Rugged Tablet, Best Handheld Computer, and many more.

In the Best Fully Rugged Laptop category, Group Mobile selected Panasonic’s Toughbook 31. In making this selection, Group Mobile’s experts took price, processor, battery life, wireless options, media bay options, display brightness, and the ability to withstand harsh environments into consideration.

“The Toughbook 31 is used by our customers in some of the most challenging environments, said Richard Lawson, President of Group Mobile. “The enhancements Panasonic made to the Toughbook 31 in 2011 continue to exceed the constantly growing rugged computing requirements of our consumers.”

The Tougbook 31 features Intel® Core™ i5 and i3 processors, combined with available discrete graphics to deliver amazing performance and greatly enhanced video and 3D graphics. A 1,100 nit sunlight-viewable touchscreen display allows users to work efficiently in any lighting condition. An integrated webcam option and larger storage capacity set it apart from the competition. To learn more about the Toughbook 31, visit http://www.groupmobile.com/product.asp/sku=4624.

In the Best Bargain in a Semi-Rugged Computer category, Group Mobile likes the Getac S400. The Getac S400 is one of the most durable semi-rugged notebooks on the market. It features Getac's KryptoShell™ body which allows the S400 to withstand temperature extremes, shock, vibration, and drops from up to 2.5 feet. It features a 14 inch widescreen, sunlight-readable display, a water-resistant keyboard, an integrated webcam, and a Super Multi DVD drive. Connectivity features of the S400 include 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN and other integrated wireless options including Bluetooth®, Gobi™, and a GPS receiver and antenna. To learn more about the Getac S400, visit http://www.groupmobile.com/product.asp/sku=4982.

In the Best Bargain in a Rugged Tablet category, Group Mobile selected the WebDT line of economical, rugged tablet computers from DT Research. These rugged offer vibrant touch displays and high performance, yet energy-efficient Intel® Atom™ processors within slim, light, and durable housings.

“DT Research’s rugged tablets provide a strong and durable mobile computing platform at a very affordable price," stated Lawson. “With prices starting under $1,400 and a quick delivery time, we expect these rugged tablet PCs to be very popular among our customers in 2012.”

DT Research tablets feature options for RFID, smart card, and magnetic stripe readers, barcode scanners, and integrated cameras. These versatile tablets also offer Wi-Fi 802.11 wireless connectivity to enhance work efficiency. The sizes of the touch displays vary among models to accommodate a wide variety of uses — on the sales floor, in the warehouse, in the field, and in the classroom. For outdoor use, optional sunlight-readable displays are available on all models. To learn more about DT Research’s rugged tablets, visit http://www.groupmobile.com/brand.asp/dept_id=/mf_id=83.

In the Best Handheld Computer category, Group Mobile selected the Trimble Nomad. The Trimble Nomad 900 Series rugged handheld computer packs functionality into one of the most powerful and full-featured rugged handheld computers available. The Nomad meets demanding military standards for drops, vibration, humidity, altitude, and temperature extremes. It also comes with an IP68 rating, meaning the Nomad handheld PC is completely sealed against dust, and can survive immersion in up to a meter of water for 240 minutes. To learn more about the Nomad 900, visit http://www.groupmobile.com/product.asp/sku=4981/dept_id=/mf_id=65.

“Group Mobile offers an extensive line of rugged of rugged computing products. The 'Best Rugged Computers of 2011 Guide' covers a wide variety of categories based on the opinions and reviews of our staff and customers,” said Stephanie Kreitner, Group Mobile Marketing Director. “Each mobile computer we carry offers unique benefits, specific to the user’s application and work environment. Group Mobile’s gifted and knowledgeable sales and customer service staff are always eager and willing to help customers select the best rugged computer equipment and accessories to fit their working environment and budget.”

To read the complete “Best Rugged Computers of 2011 Guide”, visit http://www.groupmobile.com/bestof.asp. To learn more about the rugged computing products Group Mobile offers, visit http://www.groupmobile.com or call 1-866-784-4338.

About Group Mobile
Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, Group Mobile serves customers all over North America. Customers range from Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. Military, to local police/fire/ambulance, to small and mid-size businesses, to the frequent traveler that needs something more durable than a commercial, off-the-shelf computer. Group Mobile carries all the leading rugged computing brands such as Panasonic, GD-Itronix, Xplore Technologies, Getac Inc., Trimble, Motion Computing, DT Research, and more. In addition, Group Mobile offers vehicle docking and mounting equipment from Gamber Johnson, Ram Mounts, and Havis/Ledco. To learn more about rugged computers and how they differ from commercial, indoor computers, check out the Rugged Computer Guide or visit us online at http://www.groupmobile.com.

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