The Group Mobile Best Sellers Guide
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BEST All-Around Fully Rugged Laptop
It is hard to beat the Getac B300 when all things are considered; price, processor, battery life, wireless options, media bay options, display, ability to withstand tough environments, etc.
Most Versatile Fully Rugged Laptop
The Getac X500 has incredible versatility. The Getac X500's multimedia bay can accommodate an optional Super multi-DVD, a second battery or a second hard disk drive or solid state drive to operate as a RAID system. The X500 also boasts a wide range of standard I/O ports, including two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 and one USB 2.0/eSATA combo port, two RS-232 serial ports, a PCMCIA port, an ExpressCard reader, SmartCard reader, dual RJ-45 ports, HDMI, VGA output, and a full-sized keyboard with numeric pad.
BEST Outdoor Display in a Fully Rugged Laptop
Panasonic upped the NITs (a measure of brightness) in their Toughbook 31, so it continues to be our number one choice in the Outdoor Display Category. But, to be totally fair, the Getac B300 laptop with the upgrade to Getac's QuadraClear display and the Getac V110 fully rugged convertible that comes standard with Getac's QuadraClear display technology will also do the trick. The minor differences in outdoor viewability often are not the most important factor in the customer's selection criteria. Size, weight, availability of key features, and cost normally outweigh which screen is absolutely the best.
BEST Bargain in a Semi Rugged Laptop
Both the Toughbook 53 and the Getac S400 are less than $2,000 (OK, we had a two-way tie on this one).
BEST Outdoor Display in a Semi-Rugged Laptop
This category is a little more difficult to pick a winner. The Getac S400 has a 14-inch (1366 x 768) TFT sunlight readable LCD display that works well in all lighting conditions. It can be upgraded to a 800 NIT sunlight readable LED touchscreen display with multi-touch technology for even greater outdoor visibility and versatility. The 14-inch (1366 x 768) LED sunlight-viewable display with optional touchscreen on the Toughbook 53 is also very impressive for outdoor use.
Best Semi-Rugged Tablet PC
For many years, there only existed two classifications of tablet PCs. One group was commercial tablet PCs made for primarily for hallway warriors, cube dwellers, and meeting monsters. The second category was fully or even ultra rugged tablet PCs, made for those field folks who work in the worst environmental conditions and require almost a nuclear-weapon-proof computer. Then, companies like Motion Computing started manufacturing semi-rugged tablet PCs. This classification of tablets can sustain drops and rough handling, offer sunlight-viewable displays, but are not totally sealed and waterproofed. So for those who are in between needing a commercial tablet and a fully rugged tablet, the Motion F5te and R12 represent a terrific solution.
Most Rugged Tablet PC
The rugged tablet PCs from Xplore Technologies are able to hold up in even the most demanding conditions. Our customers have used these tablets in coal mines, on heavy construction sites, on forklifts, at the north pole you name it, and they can take a beating and keep on ticking (with apologies to Timex). The rubber bumpers that surround the units are icing on the cake, when combined with the tough magnesium casing of the unit itself. The XC6 Dual-Mode and XC6 Dual-Mode Lite are "ingress protection rated" at IP67 (dust proof and water-proof), and features the highest drop rating (7') on the market.
Best Bargain in a Rugged Tablet PC
The DT line of economical, rugged tablet computers from DT Research, Inc. provide a strong and flexible mobile computing platform at a very affordable price. They offer vibrant touch displays and high performance, yet energy-efficient Intel® processors within slim, light, and durable housings. These tablets perform in a variety of working conditions on the sales floor, in the warehouse, in the classroom, and in the field. DT Research also offers a new line of Rugged GNSS Tablets which are compatible with existing GIS software for surveying and mapping applications and bring together the advanced workflow for data capture, accurate positioning, and data transmitting.
Lightest Fully Rugged Tablet PC
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 is lightweight and only weighs 1.2lbs. It runs the Windows® 8.1 operating system and gives mobile workers all the integrated features and options they require in a tablet that goes anywhere business takes them. The Toughpad FZ-M1 is perfect for one-handed use, fits in a coat or cargo pocket, and is the lightest of any Panasonic mobile computers. It is designed to MIL-STD-810G and to IP65 specifications to protect against environmental conditions and accidental situations, such as bumps, drops, or exposure to wind, heat, and rain.
Most Versatile Fully Rugged Tablet PC
We like the Getac F110 in this category. There are several reasons why it wins the most versatile award. It is a great productivity tool for mobile workers. With a sealed all-weather design, the F110 lets you work virtually anywhere. The IP65 and MIL-STD-810G certified Getac F110 delivers a complete range of embedded wireless features. The built-in 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and optional 4G LTE Mobile broadband keeps workers connected. The optional webcam and 5MP autofocus camera can capture images or video on the go.
The 11.6-inch display utilizes the revolutionary LumiBond technology to achieve a display that is more readable, and offers better contrast and more crisp colors. No more needing to hunt down a source of shade when you need to use your computer. The Getac F110 has dual hot-swappable batteries to allow for maximum uptime. You can work all day long without stopping to find an outlet to charge the unit. The Getac F110 also has a 3-year bumper-to-bumper warranty!
BEST Fully Rugged Convertible Tablet-to-Laptop
The Toughbook 19 from Panasonic is the winner here. If you are looking for a rugged Tablet but also need a keyboard for those times when pecking on the screen just won't suffice, then look at the Toughbook 19. The Toughbook 19 comes in two versions. One version has a traditional 'finger-touch-activated' passive touch screen while the tablet PC version has a 'stylus-pen-only' active digitizer touch screen with the ability to hand-write on the screen.
The Toughbook 19 is one of Group Mobile's best selling products. Our Toughbook 19 unit sales have even approached those of the Toughbook 31, the best selling rugged computer on the planet.
Getac also offers the V110 convertible tablet PC which offers an Intel Core i5 processor and a sunlight-readable multi-touch display, not to mention Getac's three-year warranty on the V110 convertible!
Both are fine machines with the powerful advantage of the functionality of both a laptop and a tablet computer.
Best Handheld Computers and Rugged Smartphones
Group Mobile offers several leading brands of handhelds, including Trimble, Juniper, Getac, Panasonic, and Unitech. Trimble seems to be the leader in this category with the Juno T41, Nomad 900 Series, and the Recon, however all of the computers Group Mobile carries in this category have specific benefits depending on your application and work environment.