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New rugged notebook introduced by GD-Itronix

Ultra-rugged computer features Core i7 processor and multiple military standard certifications

With some companies doing their best to minimize the size of their notebook, U.S. defense conglomerate General Dynamics is going in the opposite direction. Instead of the usual ultra-thin laptops that are gripping the market, the Itronix division of the company has now announced the new super-sturdy GD8200 laptop.

Featuring MIL-STD 810G and 461F certifications, the notebook should withstand your daily “drops, shock, vibration, extreme heat and cold” along with being sealed against dust and water thanks to an IP 65 rating. The GD8200 should also survive solar radiation, fungus, acoustic noise, acidic atmospheres and gunfire shock all without breaking a sweat. Other tidbits include a quick-release HDD with heater, a full magnesium alloy case and a total weight of just 7.8lbs (3.5kg).

As for the actual hardware enclosed inside this vault of a laptop, GD has managed to fit in a Sandy Bridge Core i7-2655LE CPU running at 2.20GHz, Intel HD 3000 Graphics, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to a 256GB SSD. The notebook also comes with “high performance” WLAN and WWAN and various ports including VGA, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, but no HDMI.

With regards to the GD8200’s display, the notebook is outfitted with General Dynamic’s DynaVue display that “leverages enhanced contrast ratios and polarization techniques, rather than increasing display brightness”. The result is a less power-hungry, sunlight-readable 13.3" display that apparently outperforms other 1,000 NIT screens but only comes with a resolution of 1024x786 pixels. The screen should be kept running for around 8 hours thanks to its 7200mAh primary battery and around 12 hours when coupled with a second 3800mAh battery.

General Dynamics comes with almost too many military standards to count, and is definitely befitting of the defense contractor's name. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the price follows any standard, as the laptop starts at a solid $4,460 with a 3 year warranty.

The notebook can currently only be ordered by phone directly from the company.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-06- 9 (Update: 2012-05-26)