Getac V100

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I will be honest, as usual, so I'll confess one thing I should be ashamed of - until now, I never heard of Getac. Even worse, if this name ever passed before my eyes, I can't say I remember it. Considering the fact that one of my recent passions is to check out rugged laptops, I'll surely remember Getac, because the Getac V100 is a very interesting choice for those looking for a netbook to take in Sahara and I have a solid reason to say that: a screen rated at 1,200 nits brightness, that's the reason! Think about the fact that most common notebooks have around 200 nits, and you get the idea...

Anyway, let's add some more juicy technical specifications to the equation, shall we?

- Processor: 1.2GHz (ULV) Intel Core 2 Duo Processor U7600
- Memory: 1GB DDR2 (expandable to 2GB)
- Storage: 120GB hard disk drive, removable, shock-mounted
- Display: 10.4-inch XGA (1024 x 768) TFT Touchscreen LCD with digitizer and 1,200 nits brightness
- Graphics: Intel 945GMS, 128MB shared memory
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC
- Expansion Slots: PCMCIA Type II x 2 or Type III x 1
- Memory Card Reader: SD card reader
- Smart Card Reader: Optional smart card reader (occupies one PCMCIA type-II slot)
- Communication: 10/100/1000 base-T ethernet, 56K ITU V.92 modem, Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 a/b/g, Bluetooth (v2.0+EDR class 2), Optional GPS (either GPS or webcam), Optional EV-DO/GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/WCDMA/HSDPA
- Security: TPM 1.2, Kensington lock
- Battery: 11.1v 7800mAh
- Weight: 4.9 lbs. (2.2 kg) including battery
- Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 1.9 inches (285 x 222 x 49 mm)
- Evironmental Spec: Operating temp: 0°C to 55°C / 32°F to 131°F(Optional low temperature: -20°C / -4°F)
- Storage temp: -40°C to 70°C / -40°F to 158°F
- Humidity: 5% to 95% RH, non-condensing

The painful part of the entire story is the price - $3,550(MSRP). Well, you get what you pay for, after all, and since not everyone needs to take their tablet where no tablet has gone before...

Just to make things clear, I will conclude this article by saying that the V100 comes with a full magnesium alloy chassis, sealed ports and connectors, as well as a shock-protected removable hard drive, being resistant to vibration and drop-shock. For example, even the screen can handle a fist or the edge of a table, as you drop it, without taking any damage. So...still thinking that $3,550 is too much?


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