General Dynamics (who purchased Itronix
a couple years back) thinks it's tough stuff, and now it's after that hip new UMPC
market with those rough and tumble wares. The new GoBook MR-1 is essentially a FlipStart
plus rugged, sporting rubber and brushed aluminum protection, port covers and a housing hump for the WWAN antenna. Don't go dunking this one in the drink,
it's only semi-rugged
, and we're guessing the $4,450 price tag might dissuade you as well from testing this one's robustness. Since it's just a repackaged FlipStart, there aren't many surprises on specs, though GD did pack in a Intel Core Solo processor instead of the FlipStart's weaker Pentium M offering, and put in a 40GB drive instead of the existing 30 gigger.
All the rest is all FlipStart
, including all the ugly and the two pound weight of the original. General Dynamics expects to start shipping this in September.Read
- PC MagUpdate:
General Dynamics clarified some of the initial info we had about this thing. Turns out the unit is is indeed "rugged," (not just semi-rugged) up to military specs 810F and IP54 and GD will include a Dynavue touchscreen option by year end. The MR-1 is built by the same people who put together the FlipStart, but from the "ground up," with different specs (like that Core Solo proc), a bundle of wireless options, an 80GB hard drive option and even an SSD alternative.