We’ve noticed a great deal of interest in TDS and its hardcore ruggedised PDAs since we posted our first Recon review back in April 2004 and the series has just been updated again.
Not for the faint of heart but rather the clumsy of hand, the spruced up Recon X-Series finally gives users the option of integrated Bluetooth and g wireless. It also ships with the latest version of Windows Mobile 5.0.
Two models make up the revitalised X-Series, the 200X and 400X. The former features a 200MHz Intel XScale processor and boosted 128MB of flash memory. The latter has a nippy 400MHz processor and also sees its flash memory increased to 256MB. A built in microphone, redesigned keypad and more responsive and vibrant 240 x 320 colour touch screen make up the other enhancements.
Like the original both the 200X and 400X meet the MIL-STD-810F military standard for drops, vibration and temperature extremes. They also have an IP67 rating, meaning they’re impervious to water and dust. The X-Series retains the Recon’s two CompactFlash slots, allowing users to add GPS, GPRS, digital cameras, bar-code scanners and other devices while the massive 3,800 mAh battery still churns out a minimum of 15 hours continuous use from a single charge.
The new 490g, 165 x 95 x 45mm Recons are out now though pricing is only available through direct contact with TDS’ European launch partner Handheld Europe. The previous generation went for around £1,200 including VAT so you’ll suddenly know whether you need it or not…