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GammaTech debuts its new Durabook R13C convertible PC

This portable device is fully rugged and comes with an Intel Core i7 processor

GammaTech has reportedly released a new fully rugged convertible notebook that can also be used as a tablet and is capable of withstanding all kinds of trouble. The latest Durabook device is dubbed R13C, which is essentially an upgraded version of the R13S model, and is targeted towards professionals working in the field.

According to the manufacturer, the R13C is drop, spill, shock, dust and water resistant; it can also operate in extreme temperatures and explosive atmosphere. Furthermore, this portable PC has passed the 810G Military Standard certification and has been given an IP65 rating.

The new Durabook convertible notebook is reportedly powered by an Intel Core i7-620LM low voltage dual core processor with vPro technology. In addition, the device features a rotating 13.3-inch multi-touch widescreen display with a native resolution of 1280-by-800 pixels that is also readable in direct sunlight (1000nits). Under the hood, one can further discover up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, an ultra-slim DVD optical drive, Intel’s HD Graphics Media Accelerator and a built-in Quick Removable shock-mounted HDD with Heater (or an optional solid state drive).

Customers will be able to stay connected thanks to Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n, WWAN, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and GPS modules.  Moreover, there are two USB 2.0 ports and one RS-232, a SIM-card slot, a docking connector and an SD card reader.

The new Durabook will supposedly ship with a pre-installed Microsoft Windows 7 Professional operating system and a built-in 9-cell Li-ion battery that the manufacturer claims could deliver about 6 hours of autonomous work. Furthermore, the R13C features a magnesium alloy case that is presumably 20 times stronger than ABS plastic and sports a backlit keyboard, and a water-proof resistive touchpad. There is still no pricing information.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2011-12-21 (Update: 2012-05-26)