M4000 handheld computer is one tough cookie


With the slew of Android- and iOS-powered devices around these days, it makes one wonder whether Microsoft’s mobile Windows platform will ever make a big return after the entire Windows Mobile operation was transformed into Windows Phone 7. Well, the scenario doesn’t look too likely at this point in time from what we know, but there is still a niche market for Windows CE when it comes to portable computers.

Case in point, the rugged, powerful and lightweight M4000 series handheld computer from DAP Technologies that boasts the the additional advantage of being modular, letting customers to choose the technology they require for the moment while making relevant upgrades as time passes by (and needs increase, of course). This seems to be the right course of action for companies who are looking for something that is not only cost-effective but efficent as well in getting work done.

Built on a Windows CE operating system, the M4000 has been sealed to IP65 specifications and engineered to withstand multiple 1.5 meter (5 foot) drops, making it more than ideal to function in warehouse environments without missing a beat. It will feature 128MB RAM and 1GB flash ROM as standard, where communications options include GPRS and Summit Radio wireless LAN 802.11b/g. Not only that, you can further store additional information using a user-accessible, expandable SD memory card slot.

Other hardware specifications include a 3.5-inch 256K color LCD touch screen display with LED backlighting and a choice between an alpha-numeric (M4010 model) or alphabetical (M4020 model) keyboard. You will not remain stuck with your keyboard choice forever since you can always swap the keyboards as future needs change. This similar modularity remains true of the optional 1D laser or 2D imager scanners, where they can be upgraded in a jiffy as technology advances. Not only that, you can also opt for standard or high-capacity Li-ion battery packs, and optional GPS or RFID functionality.

A Marvell PXA270 520MHz processor will run proceedings from within, which should offer more than enough processing muscle for your everyday computing needs.

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