There are rugged computers and then there are TDS rugged computers...
When most companies talk about making a product ”more rugged” they usually mean stronger handles, thinker casing and scratch resistant paint, they do not mean drop it, put it underwater and throw it in the mud. By contrast, when TDS releases a product it MEANS drop it, leave it underwater and make it look like it spent the week in Glastonbury.
The latest product to positively scream “Cum N ‘Ave A Go If Ya Fink Ya ‘Ard Enuff” is an upgrade to TDS’ popular Ranger handheld computer line. The new Ranger ups the tech specs while continuing to meet the MIL-STD-810F military grades for drops, vibration and temperature extremes. It also maintains an IP67 rating, which – in English – means it is impervious to water and dust.
Two models will be offered, the Ranger 300X which comes with a 312MHz Intel XScale processor, 64MB RAM and 256MB of embedded flash memory and the Ranger 500X featuring a 520MHz processor, 128MB RAM and 512MB of embedded flash memory. Integrated Bluetooth is standard on 500X, while integrated 802.11b wireless is optional on both.
Given this device is designed to be taken off into the wild, battery life is outstanding with a standard 6600 mAh lithium ion battery powering the Rangers for up to 30 hours.
Naturally enough, given the extreme durability of the Ranger series, prices are at a premium with a 300X costing 2,346 euros and the 500X a hefty 2, 932 euros. Wireless b adds a further 213 euros to the total and there’s a whole host of accessories that can swell the final cost even further, including vehicle chargers, additional power modules and brackets.
Of course all this is irrelevant if you are one of those people that NEEDS a TDS Ranger because, quite frankly, almost nothing compares. Both editions of the new Ranger are out now (via European outlet Handheld Europe) and are seeking red blooded, testosterone driven owners. (I feel like I should do a Haka in the shop after buying one)