Getac's rugged convertibles get Ivy Bridge, sunlight-readable screens

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Getac has updated two of its rugged convertible notebooks with more horsepower and functionality. In addition to receiving Intel's mobile Ivy Bridge chips, the V100 and V200 have been equipped with a new "QuadraClear" display technology that enables clear viewing in direct sunlight -- pretty essential for daily field use.

As the smaller machine, the V100 offers slightly less variety in hardware selection. Specifications include a 10.4-inch 1024x768 screen with a 1200-nit brightness, pressure-sensitive multitouch and an optional digitizer, a Core i7-640UM (1.2-2.26GHz), 4GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable to 8GB) and a 320GB HDD with an optional 80GB SSD. Scaling up, the V200 has a 12.1-inch 1280x800 display and provides the choice between Intel's Core i5-560M (2.66-3.2GHz) and Core i7-620LM (2.0-2.80GHz).

Both machines tout MIL-STD 810G and IP65 certifications, guaranteeing them to withstand stress from shocks, vibrations, drops and extreme temperatures ranging from -4F to 140F (-20C to 60C). If that's not good enough, it seems Getac can further ruggedize the systems if you're willing to pay for it. The V100 is listed as measuring 11.4 x 8.74 x 1.93 inches and weighing 5.51lbs, while the V200 is 12.4 x 8.7 x 1.9 inches and 5.95lbs.

Other noteworthy features include an 83-key waterproof membrane keyboard (backlighting optional), an optional resistive touchpad, an ExpressCard slot, a reversible 2MP camera, two USB 2.0 ports (including one eSATA combo), an IEEE 1394a port, a Serial port, RJ-45 and RJ-11 network jacks, a VGA output, audio in and out, and a docking connector.

Also optional are 3G, Bluetooth v2.1, GPS, a fingerprint scanner and night vision. The machines ship with Windows 7 preinstalled as well as a five-year warranty. Pricing is unknown (you have to request a quote) but units seem to be available now.

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