Tool Kit: Computer Equipment

Here are six portable products for your computing needs.

The ARMOR X7et is a lightweight Windows-based tablet from DRS Technologies with real-time advanced computing and communications technology for police and homeland security applications. The MIL-STD 810G certification and an IP65 rating ensures performance even with extremes in temperature, vibration, shock, and drop. It provides five hours of battery life.
The Pocket eSATA/USB DigiDrive Flash memory reader/writer from Addonics comes with upgradeable firmware to ensure compatibility with future Flash standard. The read-only model is an ideal solution for forensic applications. It connects with practically any flash-memory media; when connected to the eSATA port, any Flash media can be used as a bootable device.
Reliably capture data, 1D/2D bar codes, and 5MP color images, with the ultra-rugged HANDGEAR HG-270. The HG is IP67/68 and MIL-STD 810G rated to handle extreme weather and wear, and is completely customizable from case color to backlit keypad graphics. The HG features GPS, Bluetooth, a sunlight readable display, and 40+ hours of battery life.
The Algiz 7 is an ultra-rugged, lightweight, 7-inch widescreen tablet that runs the Windows 7 Ultimate operating system and features a 1.6GHz processor, 64GB solid-state hard drive, and 2GB DDR2 RAM. The Algiz 7 is designed for field professionals who need the full functionality of a PC, the portability of a lightweight device and the ruggedness to survive outdoors.
The Brite Mobile Office increases the productivity of the mobile worker by providing an innovative, state-of-the-art computing platform with full-size printing capability accessible anywhere. The Brite Mobile Office is designed with a Fujitsu Q702, Hybrid 11.6” Tablet PC and a Brother PocketJet 6 Thermal Bluetooth Printer for on-the-spot printing.
The GammaTech Durabook CA10 semi-rugged tablet PC is designed for individuals whose jobs take them away from a normal office setting, such as forensic lab technicians at crime scenes. The CA10’s semi-rugged design keeps information safe in harsh environments. The CA10 features a 10.1” LCD display with resistive multi-touch screen, and up to eight hours of power.
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