Itronix introduces bite-sized, rugged GD2000
Around 2 weeks ago, General Dynamics announced their massive GD8200 rugged notebook, and now the defense contractor is releasing a notebook for the other end of the spectrum. The new GD2000 is the company’s latest all-terrain notebook offering, and comes with a screen size more comparable to smartphones than notebooks.
With a 5.6” WSVGA display (1024x600 pixel resolution) and a weight of 2.4lbs (1.11kg), GD-Itronix ensures that lugging the armored machine won’t be on your list of worries. Furthermore, the display features General Dynamics’s own Dynavue touch-screen technology that is supposedly fully sunlight-readable. The display should definitely come in handy in some cases, as Mark Johnston, director of Strategic Computing Solutions for the company, paints one such scenario in his following quote:
“The GD2000 is designed for the most extreme work environments. For example, after jumping from a plane with the GD2000 strapped to their chests, military paratroopers can pinpoint or change their landing location as well as receive updated mission information while in flight and after they land.”
As far as the other specs on the GD2000 are concerned, the laptop comes with an Intel Celeron ULV722 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 64GB SSD with an optional 128GB upgrade, and a backlit 77-key sealed keyboard.
Of course, the notebook wouldn’t be anything special if it weren’t for its various rugged capabilities, and the GD2000’s MIL-STD-810G/461F compliance, water and dust sealing, and die-cast magnesium chassis don’t disappoint. The laptop also comes with a fully-integrated highly sensitive GPS, EDGE, HSDPA/HSPA+, and integrated multi-band antennas to ensure you’ll never be lost wherever you may be.
Of course, the GD2000 isn’t meant for your average bear and it features a price best left for military personnel. Starting at a low $4,900, there probably is a better way to spend your money, unless you’re looking for something for the next time you’re parachuting into a hostile area.