GammaTech's Durabook U12C Suffers an Identity Crisis

Paul Lilly

Is GammaTech's new Durabook U12C a notebook or a tablet PC? The answer is both, and while it searches for an identity, you can throw ruggedness into its bag of tricks. We'll just cover all our bases and refer to it as a rugged convertible notebook, because that's really what it is. Armed with a convertible swivel LCD screen, you can tote this sturdy notebook into the field and switch to tablet mode on a whim.

"The U12C is designed so it can be easily used in the most demanding professional environments," stated Jen Chen (PDF) , GammaTech president. "Mobile professionals should have access to fully featured, convertible notebook computers that are rugged enough to stand up to grueling conditions. The GammTech U12C has answered the call for dependability in mission critical situations."

As you tote the U12C around by its ergonomic handle, GammaTech says you won't have to stress over bumps and drops, or even spilled liquid since it's been tested to stringent MIL-STD-810G requirements. These traits make it ideally suited for environments such as healthcare, GammaTech says.

On the hardware side, the 12.1-inch U12C comes with an Intel Core i5 540UM processor, up to 8GB of DDR3 SODIMM memory, 2.5-inch SATA HDD or SSD, a pair of 1.5W speakers, SD card reader, two USB 2.0 ports (one of which is a combo eSATA/USB 2.0 port), 1.3MP webcam, Wi-Fi, 3G, and a 6-cell battery.

Image Credit: GammaTech

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