Just as computer technology has changed education and business, it has become an integral resource for the military as well. The U.S. Department of Defense has made mobile computing a priority for soldiers and medical officers to gather and communicate information in the field. Clearly, a rugged design with a shcok-mounted hard drive that can withstand drops, spills, and dust is necessary for military use. But how much ruggedization is needed? Some netbooks on the market cost thousands of dollars and weigh 10 or more pounds. While they can withstand extreme circumstances such as being submerged in water, many soldiers won’t require this level of ruggedization. With a base price of $522.50, the 2go Convertible PC NL3 10” netbook from CTL is tough enough for many military uses at a fraction of the price, not to mention a much lighter weight!
With dimensions of 10.6″ x 8.2″ x 1.2″, and weighing in at only 3.5 pounds, the Convertible PC NL3 is ultra-mobile and easy to use. This netbook features a 10” rotating screen that when flat, functions as a tablet, and when turned upwards reveals a keyboard and becomes a netbook. Built for fast performance, it’s got a quick launcher and automatically switches from portrait to landscape orientation in tablet mode, making it easy to quickly read maps and other visual data.
The NL3 has been fortified to withstand drops of several feet, based on proven studies of how devices drop and their points of impact. It features a scratch- and water-resistant LCD Screen, spill resistant keyboard and touchpad, reinforced corners, shock mounted LCD screen, and an easy to hold protective rubberized surface with retractable carrying handle. The hard-drive is shock mounted, and an accelerometer detects vibration and shocks to “auto park” the drive head and minimize data damage in the event of a fall or if the machine is shaken or jarred in transit.
The communications and video capabilities of the NL3 make it a valuable tool for a variety of military functions. Using the built-in internet connectivity, soldiers can communicate with officers and fellow soldiers quickly, silently and easily to gain information about battlefield danger spots. Both the tablet and netbook screens are high resolution and easy to read, so that essential digital images indicating enemy and friendly zones can be reviewed quickly. Similarly, medical officers can use these rugged netbooks to identify injured soldiers using the GPS capabilities, or impart information regarding medical history and treatment. In addition, the built-in 2.0 megapixel video webcam swivels independent of the screen, so it can be more easily used to capture video footage, such as recording interrogations of potential terrorist suspects. With a resolution of 1366 x 768 available, the 2go Convertible PC NL3 delivers high quality photo and video imagery.
Other features and benefits include:
• Intel Atom Dual Core N2600 1.66 Ghz processor
• 160 GB hard drive (larger SSD options available) and 1 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 2 GB). The RAM has been updated from DDR2 to DDR3, meaning it’s faster and uses less power.
• Battery life is estimated at 40% longer than previous netbooks. The 6-cell battery lasts up to 10 hours!
• Comes with Microsoft® Windows® 7.
• When functioning as a tablet, high-resolution, 4-wire resistive touchscreen is easy to control and read.
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