Come on tough guy, step right up. $20 says a roundhouse kick to the casing won't even scratch the bad boy you're peering at above. Well, unless you're rockin' a pair of Kenny Powers' K-Swiss Tubes. Asides aside, Sweden's own Handheld Group has just introduced its latest rugged offering, the 10.1-inch Algiz XRW, which is powered by Intel's 2GHz Atom Z550 and Windows 7 Ultimate. Other specs include a 64GB SSD, 2GB of DDR2 memory, a pair of USB 2.0 sockets, inbuilt Bluetooth / WiFi, GPS, 2 megapixel webcam and an optional (but totally necessary) Gobi 2000 WWAN module. The whole thing tips the scales at just 3.3 pounds, and that's including the IP65 / MIL-STD-810F rated enclosure, which is fully capable of rejecting dust, water, debris and mythical powers of persuasion. We're told that the internal battery can keep things humming for eight solid hours, and in case you're wondering, that 1366 x 768 resolution panel is of the daylight viewable variety. Mum's the word on pricing, but the first shipments should head out in December for those with a brutal winter ahead.

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New Algiz XRW Rugged Notebook from Handheld Redefines the World of Rugged Mobile Computing

The Algiz XRW notebook features cutting edge technology and communication possibilities in an ultra-mobile form factor, at best value available on the market.

Lidköping, Sweden, September 14 /PRNewswire/ - Handheld Group, the Swedish based supplier of rugged computers, today announced the new Algiz XRW® rugged notebook. The Algiz XRW is a fully rugged laptop with a 10.1-inch widescreen featuring sunlight-readable MaxView™ screen technology, and a powerful 2 GHz Intel Atom processor. It includes a 64 GB solid state disk and 2 GB of DDR2 RAM. The Algiz XRW runs the Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate operating system, just like the PCs in the office.

The full-featured and lightweight Algiz XRW presents an array of mobile capabilities. The Algiz XRW comes standard with Bluetooth, WLAN and GPS as well as a built-in 2-megapixel autofocus camera that allows video conferencing in the field.

An optional 3G modem can provide high-speed GSM/UMTS/EVDO data transmission. The Algiz XRW is ready for Gobi™ 2000 technology – which means you'll be able to work on your choice of wireless frequency anywhere in the world. And you can put in a full day's work, with a 57.6 Wh battery that works for 8 hours on a single charge.

"The Algiz XRW represents a key milestone where we have broadened our product range and introduced an innovative and revolutionizing product for the world of rugged mobile solutions", said Jerker Hellström, CEO of Handheld Group. "Our new product fulfills all the market requirements: lightweight and mobile, long battery life, fast processing speed, best in class screen, and all features fully integrated and built rugged from the inside and out."

The rugged Algiz XRW is a powerful performer that weighs in at only 1.5 kilos. Its keyboard and mouse-touchpad, illuminated by two led lights, are fully sealed, and it carries an IP65 rating against sand, dust and water. It passes MIL-STD-810F ruggedness testing, including drop tests from 1.2 meters, and can also handle extreme temperatures from -21 °C to 70 °C.

"At Handheld, our aim is always to offer the best rugged products at the right price. We believe that the modern design along with the key features of our slim Algiz XRW will contribute to customer effectiveness and efficiency all around the world," said Jerker Hellström.

The Algiz XRW will be shown at trade shows worldwide in the coming months and orders can be placed immediately. First customer shipping will begin in December.
About the Handheld Group:

The Handheld Group is a worldwide supplier of rugged mobile computers and PDAs. Handheld and its partners deliver complete mobility solutions to businesses in industries such as logistics, forestry, public transportation, construction, military, and security. The Handheld Group of Sweden has local offices in Finland, the Netherlands, Italy and the USA. For more information, please see www.handheldgroup.com

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Algiz XRW: 10-inches of rugged, well-specced laptop nirvana