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Rugged PCs don't always excite us. It's not that we don't appreciate being able to take a notebook or a small form factor PC into the field and subject it to the elements, but all too often these so-called rugged rigs lose our attention when we find out they're rocking an anemic Atom processor or wimpy Celeron chip inside.
There are exceptions, of course, one of them being GammaTech's new D12C convertible notebook. When GammaTech told us this was their latest rugged PC, we shrugged. But when we heard it came equipped with an Intel Core i5 540UM processor paired with Intel's HM55 chipset, they officially had our attention.
Complimenting the Core i5 chip is up to 8GB of memory, a better-than-netbook 12.1-inch convertible display, 1.3MP webcam, 2.5-inch SATA HDD or SSD, eSATA, USB 2.0, and the typical assortment of goodies you'd expect on a modern day notebook.
Flip the screen around and the D12C transforms into a tablet. Either way, GammaTech tells us the D12C is drop and shock resistant and tested to stringent MIL-STD-810G requirements.
This isn't something you'll find in the electronics section at Walmart. It is, however, available through authorized resellers nationwide and direct from GammaTech.