Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2016 - 06:20 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Samsung, galaxy, galaxy s7, ruggedized
The Samsung Galaxy S7 launched a couple of months ago. While it wasn't too bad from a durability standpoint, I have heard people complain that their screen fractured from a seemingly low-risk fall. Over time, it seemed like they were somewhat fluke examples because it kind-of fell off the radar. Still, if you want the specifications of a Galaxy S7, and you want to extra reliability without placing it inside a case, Samsung has added a version of the phone in their Active line.
Image Credit: AT&T
AT&T doesn't list pricing and they only state “coming soon” for availability. They do mention that the battery will get a significant bump in capacity, though. The original Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge phones have a 3,000 mAh and a 3,700 mAh battery, respectively, but the Galaxy S7 Active is larger: 4,000 mAh. Critics like the battery life of the original S7, many claiming that it lasts a whole, heavy-use day for them, but an extra 33% is nothing to sneer at.
If only it comes to Canada, too...
Subject: Systems | November 5, 2015 - 12:30 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: ruggedized, fanless
FanlessTech was “salivating” over the PERFECTRON PC, which might be good for its cooling potential if the water doesn't short out the electronics. Logic Supply, designer of the fanless systems, specializes in ruggedized, industrial builds. Rugged, fanless, and high performance -- what's the downside?
So for businesses (and probably only businesses or governments) that can afford these systems, you're probably going to get the computer equivalent of a tank. They are rated to operate in ambient temperatures between -40C (-40F) and 70C (158F). To put that into perspective, NVIDIA controls their overclocks to maintain 80C on the GPU, which is, generally speaking, in a system with ~30C internal temperature. These systems are rated to operate in 70C ambient. Again, that is about 20C hotter than my CPU peaks at load with my Corsair H100i. Actually, the PERFECTRON SR-700 ($13,793 USD) model can operate at up to 75C ambient.
That is some serious heat for any PC to cope with, especially rugged, fanless models. I guess “you get what you pay for” scales up pretty high. From what I can tell, they are rated to pretty much run these fanless PCs in a beef jerky maker and be cool enough to operate.
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Systems | September 19, 2015 - 09:34 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: arbor, fanless, ruggedized
This is an interesting product for a couple of reasons. First, it uses the fourth-generation Haswell processors, rather than the newer Skylake or Broadwell components. On the other hand, it uses LGA-1150 components up to the 45W Intel Core i7-4770TE, which explains the lack of Broadwell and Skylake, because only Core i3 Skylake processors fit both of those constraints currently.
The device is rated for -4F to 131F and an undisclosed amount of shock and vibration. They support 2.5” drives, but the site only lists Intel SSDs. You would probably not want a spinning hard drive in a PC that you are concerned about shock and vibration tolerances. It also supports up to 16GB of DDR3 (again, Haswell) RAM, which should give you a fairly robust system to leave running in the middle of nowhere.
Like other systems that we've seen earlier, the case itself acts as a heatsink, which brings the product's weight up to 14.1 pounds. When you deal with these types of cooling solutions, it's difficult to tell whether they are rated with still air, or a sufficient breeze to carry the heat away from the case fins. It's not something that's advertised.
No pricing or availability is listed.
Subject: General Tech, Systems | September 27, 2014 - 06:16 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: msi, kingbox, ms-9a66, fanless, industry, ruggedized
This is not usually a category of computer that we report on, but MSI has just released a fanless, embedded desktop for industrial applications. Silent PCs seem to be talked about more and more frequently, and I am not sure how much of it is industry trends (as opposed to me just paying more attention). Their focus on this design is performance while remaining rugged and, as mentioned a few times, fanless.
Note that it supports CPUs with a maximum of 35W TDP. This leaves room for MSI to include up to a Core i7-4785T in the device, but we do not know if this is actually offered. It has four expansion bays, one PCIe x16 and three regular PCI slots. It does not have an ISA slot, though. I am sure this will be disappointing to some enterprises, and Josh. He probably still has a graphics card for it. You might think I would be joking. I am, but sadly I also am not.
For power, the device can accept anywhere from 9 to 36V DC. Basically, it seems to be based on laptop components with expansion slots for add-in boards. You can also purchase a fan "module" for it if, for one reason or another, it is still the best PC for the job even if it wasn't fanless.
Pricing and specific availability are not provided, but it is apparently released.
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2013 - 10:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: adata, DashDrive Durable HD710, ruggedized
While they couldn't get their hands on an APC like one site did, The Tech Report did their best to test the resilience of the Adata DashDrive Durable HD710. They tested both the water resistance as well as its ability to absorb shocks by dropping the drive onto both laminate flooring and a nice refreshing drink of water. The bath was quite effective at washing off the crud it accumulated on the floor but there were no problems using the drive even after it had been abused. Even better, it performed quite well, especially on single threaded file transfers. You can see the whole review here.
"Adata's DashDrive Durable HD710 puts a terabyte of storage inside a shock-resistant, waterproof enclosure with a USB 3.0 port. We take a closer look to see if it can survive everyday abuse."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- WD My Passport Slim 1TB Portable Hard Drive Review @ Techgage
- WD My Passport Slim 1TB Portable Hard Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
- HGST Touro Desk Pro 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive @ NikKTech
- Western Digital RED WD30EFRX 3TB SATA III HDD @ NikKTech
- Asustor AS-302T @ techPowerUp
- Synology DS1813+ / NAS with SSD Caching @ Legion Hardware
- SuperTalent USB 3.0 Express Dram Disk @ SSD Review
- Micron P420m 1.4TB PCIe SSD @ SSD Review
- LSI 9300-4i4e SAS PCIe 12Gb/s HBA Card @ Benchmark Reviews
- KingSpec MultiCore 1TB Driverless PCIE SSD @ SSD Review
- Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD @ SSD Review
- Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD Review @ OCIA.net
- Silicon Power S55 Slim SATA III 240GB SSD Review @ Madshrimps
- Samsung SSD 840 Evo Review: 250GB & 1TB Drives Tested @ TechSpot
- Toshiba THNSNH Solid State Drive Review: Dark Horse @ X-bit Labs
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2013 - 07:51 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: CES, windows 8, toughpad, tablet, ruggedized, Panasonic, Android, ces 2013
Panasonic is continuing to branch out from ruggedized notebooks into the world of tablets, and this time around the company is releasing two new ruggedized tablets that succeed the current-generation FZ-A1. The new Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 will run Windows 8 Pro while the JT-B1 will run Android 4.0 and use ARM hardware.
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 packs some respectable hardware for this type of ruggedized product. A dual core (with HyperThreading for four total threads) Intel Core i5-3437U processor running at 1.9GHz base/2.9GHz turbo, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to a 256GB SSD comprise the basic internal specifications. On the outside is a 10.1” touchscreen with active digitizer along with USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, microSDXC, RJ45, and serial ports. The FZ-G1 can also host a dedicated GPS and tap into Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular networks. The tablet is rated for various Mil-spec standards such that it can survive harsh working environments of industrial, military, public safety, et al jobs. The tablet does not come cheap though, as the ruggedized form factor comes at a high price – starting at $2,899 for the base model. Still, it is interesting to see that tablets are even being embraced in roles that ruggedized notebooks have long dominated. Notably, Panasonic has stated that it hopes to capture 50% of the ruggedized tablet market by 2015.
|Processor||Intel Core-i5 3437U @ 1.9GHz (2.9GHz turbo)|
|Display||10.1" touchscreen w/ active digitizer @ 1920x1200|
|IO||Full size: USB 3.0, HDMI, micro SDXC (optional), USB 2.0, LAN, and serial port or dedicated GPS.|
|Wireless||802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, optional 4G LTE or 3G|
|Dimensions||10.6" x 7.4" x 0.75"|
|OS||Windows 8 Pro|
|Rugged||MIL-STD-810G, 4' drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)|
While the FZ-G1 runs Windows and has x86-64 hardware, the Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1 is smaller and goes with ARM internals and Google’s Android mobile OS. This 7” tablet maintains the same MIL-spec ratings as its bigger sibling, but weighs half as much. The JT-B1 features a 7” touchscreen with a resolution of 1024x600, a front and rear camera, and a micro USB port on the outside. Internally, the JT-B1 tablet includes a dual core TI OMAP 4660 (similar to the SoC used in Amazon’s Kindle HD tablets) running at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB ROM for storage, and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular radios.
The Panasonic JT-B1 will run Android 4.0 and has a starting price of $1,199 making it only viable for the specialized industries that need such a ruggedized device--it is no Nexus 7 (but that’s a good thing for certain jobs).
|Processor||TI OMAP 4460 @ 1.5GHz (dual core)|
|Display||7" touchscreen @ 1024x600|
|IO||Micro USB, Front 1.3MP webcam, rear 13MP autofocus camera with LED flash|
|Wireless||802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, optional 4G LTE and 3G|
|Dimensions||8.7"x 5.1" x 0.7"|
|Rugged||MIL-STD-810G, 5' drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)|
Both of the Panasonic Toughpads will be available later this year. The FZ-G1 will be available in March for $2,899 and the JT-B1 will be available in February for $1,199. You can find the full press release over at Engadget.
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Subject: Mobile | January 11, 2012 - 04:52 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: toughpad, tablet, ruggedized, Panasonic, mobile, CES, Android
Panasonic dropped a new tablet on us at CES. Literally, they dropped the tablet on stage to show just how tough their new ruggedized ToughPad really is. The A1 and B1 ToughPad tablets are Android powered 10" and 7" tablets rated to be dust and water resistant. Both tablets are MIL-STD-810G and IP65 rated and ready to perform in very extreme work environments.
The ToughPad A1 is Panasonic's 10" Android tablet and brings some decent hardware to bear. On the outside, the ruggedized exterior and rubberized edges absorb shock and keep dust and water out. The front of the tablet includes a 10" multi-touch display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 and 500 nit brightness. The touchscreen can be used by either finger gestures or an included digitizer. Further, the front of the tablet houses a 2 megapixel front camera as well as microphone, ambient light, accelerometer, and digital compass sensors. The tablet internals include a 1.2 GHz Marvell dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, and optional 3G or 4G modems. A lithium Ion battery rated at 7.4 volts, 4690 mAh is also nestled inside. A microSDHC card slot, micro USB 2.0, and micro-HDMI connector as well as a stylus holder are also present. The device runs Android 3.2 and supports TPM chips and hardware encryption. It weighs 2.1 pounds (the price of going rugged, I suppose) and has an MSRP of $1200 USD.
The B1 model is the 7" version and will be available in the fall. Exact specifications on this model are not yet known; however, expect it to follow closely in line with it's bigger sibling's dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM, ruggedized exterior, and hefty price tag.
Unfortunately, all I can think about when looking at this tablet is how the heck Panasonic expects to sell this for $1200 bucks. This is definitely not a consumer tablet and moreso something businesses will invest in for workers in harsh (to electronics anyway) environments.
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