Getac releases the new X500 rugged notebook
Getac is known for rugged laptops, and this time around also there is no difference. The Taiwanese company has released its latest take on rugged notebooks – the X500.
It is a 15.6” 1366 x 768 pixels laptop powered by an Intel Core i5-520M 2.4GHz or a Core i7-620M 2.66GHz processor that can be overclocked till 3.33GHz. The display promises sunlight readability. Graphics will be taken care of by the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M that, well, does not support DirectX 11. It supports DirectX 10.1 though and has 512MB of VRAM. There are 2GB of RAM in the system that can be extended to 8GB max, along with 320GB of SATA HDD with optional provision for a 160GB SSD. Windows 7 professional comes pre-loaded with it.
A passing glance at the laptop and you will know it is tough. Look up the Getac site and it will tell you the X500 is military grade. The exterior bathes in brushed Aluminum metal looks that continues on the inside as well. You have the all familiar handle to carry it around, and all the clips and hooks to keep it firmly at place.
The keyboard actually occupies roughly about half of the area, with the huge trackpad occupying the rest. There are a few hotkeys above the keypad above which the display panel is connected with the help of two hinges. The display itself is in matte finish so to eliminate unnecessary fingerprints. It promises sunlight readability with the 1000 nits QuadraClear technology.
I/O and connectivity
The I/O ports include two serial ports, a VGA port, two USB 2.0 and an e-SATA port, HDMI, docking connector and provision for mic and microphone.
Connectivity is through the 10/100/1000 base-T Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and optional (!) Blurtooth 2.0.
The X500 fulfills MIL-STD-810G, IP65 and MIL-STD-461F criteria.
Pricing and availability
The X500 will be available from July 6 with prices ranging from US$4,999 to $6,599, depending on the configuration you opt for.
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