This Day (Lagos)

31 January 2013

Nigeria: Firm Unveils Ultra-Rugged Notebook for Outdoor Use

Handheld Group, a growing manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, smartphones, has announced the launch of the new version of its Algiz XRW rugged notebook.

According to the Product Manager at Handheld Group, Mr. Johan Hed, the new version of Algiz XRW, like the rest of Handheld's lineup of rugged PDAs, smartphones and mobile computers, is specifically developed for use in tough environments in industries such as mining, geomatics, logistics, forestry, public transportation, construction, utilities, maintenance, military and security.

He said: "Algiz XRW is considerably faster and better-performing than earlier versions and has twice the amount of RAM. The new ATOM processor is very impressive; it's powerful and almost twice as fast as its predecessors, yet energy-efficient with long battery life. In addition, we have added bigger cache and RAM memories and better graphics, and have optimised GPS performance to make the Algiz XRW the best in its class of mobile computing tools."

Hed stated that the full-featured and lightweight Algiz XRW offers an array of mobile capabilities which comes standard with Bluetooth, WLAN and GPS features which some other products add on as extras.

He added that the device has a built-in 2-megapixel autofocus camera that allows video conferencing in the field, noting that its keyboard and mouse touchpad, are fully sealed and illuminated by two LED lights, and carries an IP65 rating for protection against sand, dust and water.

He explained that the new Algiz XRW is a slim, lightweight, compact and fully rugged notebook that delivers unprecedented performance in the field.

Explaining further, he said: "Its 10.1-inch touch screen display features MaxView technology, providing spectacular screen clarity and brightness in any outdoor condition, including direct sunlight.

"The Algiz XRW is one of the lightest and most compact rugged notebooks on the market, weighing in at a mere 1.5 kilograms, or 3.3 pounds, with a powerful N2600 1.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel® ATOM™ processor, and includes a 128 GB solid-state disk and 4 GB of DDR2 RAM," he said.

He added that the notebook runs on the Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate operating system just like any PC in an office, and is ready for Windows 8.

"The Algiz XRW is ready for Gobi 3000 technology, which means it's possible to work on any choice of wireless frequency anywhere in the world. The 57.6 Wh battery works for eight hours on a single charge," he said.

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