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GammaTech Durabook U12Ci Is A Tough Rugged Notebook PC


Computer companies are working hard to please every possible type of consumer out there. For the [easyazon-link asin=”B007BJ9OYQ” locale=”us”]Durabook U12Ci[/easyazon-link], GammaTech is targeting consumers in the public safety professionals, such as firefighters, policemen, and 911 dispatchers.

Durabook U12Ci is a rugged notebook and tablet hybrid that has been tested to withstand drops, spills, and shock according to the standard set by MIL-STD-810G. Its input and output ports are also resistant to dust, a useful feature considering the environments in which public safety professionals work. Meanwhile, its battery is given extra protection against overheating, electrical surges, and repeated charging sessions which typically lower battery capacities. The Durabook U12Ci works in an operating environment of around 20 degrees to 50 degrees. For storage, temperature could be as high as around 75 degrees.

Inside, it is powered by an Intel Sandy Bridge Celeron 867 i3 processor or Intel Ivy Bridge i5 or i7. Allegedly, it has ultrabook-like performance, which makes it a good choice given its price. It sports a 12 inch WXGA screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800. This screen has convertible TFT technology and LED backlighting. There is an option for making it sunlight-readable, helping users save on energy in the presence of strong ambient light. Furthermore, there are DDR3 SODIMM slots from 2 GB to up to 8 GB of internal storage capacity.

It also holds several security features such as a Kensington Lock, fingerprint scanner, an optional SmartCard reader, and a BIOS administrator or Boot password setting. Adding to these specifications is a 1.3 megapixel camera above the display should the user need to communicate via video conferencing. For connectivity, Intel Wi-Fi Link 100 with PCle MiniCard and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR are onboard. As for the input output ports, this device has a USB 3.0 port, RJ45 jack, VGA port, 84-pin docking connector, e-SATA connector, and DC-in jack.

These specifications should be plenty for public safety professionals. The Durabook U12Ci costs under $1,000.

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