Stinger 553 SFF PC Will Go Nicely in Your Armored Humvee

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smith.markus

Very cool product idea. Too bad that the Colmek Stinger 553 is purely fiction...aka "Vaporware." In fact, I called Colmek this week to find out about availability and pricing, and they admitted that the product is just a conceptual idea, not a COTS product available anytime soon. They seem to be fishing for a customer to fund an NRE project.

Another scary observation I found on their Website, I just noticed that they ripped off the MIL-STD rugged switch and mobile router products that are made by Parvus (www.parvus.com). Colmek has literally cut and paste the product descriptions for the DuraMAR and DuraNET products, tweaked the brand names a little and posted a mock-up of a different CAD rendering to suggest it's their own idea.

Who are these guys fooling? Wasn't Colmek in bankupcy just last year? I guess when you're out of money, you resort to these sort of shady marketing tactics. Pretty low.

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Asevening

Why not just buy a Panasonic Toughbook? Those are MIL spec units and they have much more powerful equipment in them.  Not to mention they have a screen built into them.  They also have all of the standard ports you would expect so they aren't crazy prices to repair.  They are actually pretty slick units.  The CF-52 is a pretty speedy machine.  Besides, the military already uses a lot of Toughbooks because they are so crazy. Check them out.

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Hamerlock

But I rather hook my peripherals by normal civilian interfaces like USB. ITT Cannon plugs are costly to repair let alone buy new bundles if you break off a pin or 2.  

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