Ultra-portable, rugged and performance driven; the GD Itronix GoBook MR-1 is almost a contradiction in terms. Many would dispute that such a fusion of features is impossible to achieve, publicising the zero-sum nature of the relationship between these qualities. Is the MR-1 an exception to the rule?
The MR-1 has a footprint of just 153x109mm, is only 40mm thick and weighs a mere 0.91kg. Basically it will fit into a large pocket – think cargo pants.
Connectivity is not a problem as it supports Bluetooth, WiFi, a variety of 3G wireless options and embedded GPS. The version we tested had a 29 watt-hour Li-Ion Smart battery advertised to last 3 hours under moderate use. We found that it lasted a good bit longer than that. Therefore the MR-1 is, in every sense of the word, mobile.
The MR-1 is equipped with a 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo processor. It comes standard with a 40GB hard disk and can accommodate up to 1GB of RAM. In designing the MR-1 GD Itronix set itself the task of creating an ultra-mobile notebook that was Windows XP and Vista capable. It has achieved this objective. At no stage in our testing was it found wanting for power.
The MR-1 has a magnesium alloy casing which makes it both rugged and a great heat sink. It also sports a number of plastic/ rubber absorption bumpers which protect it in the event of drops. It is sealed against water and dust intrusion and meets MIL-STD 810F regulations. Basically it is as hard as a notebook comes.
Despite the accomplishment of combining three seemingly irreconcilable qualities the MR-1’s stand-out feature is, in fact, its display. The MR-1 goes above and beyond with a 5.6" WSVGA display which boasts DynaVue technology. The MR-1’s screen has an astounding 213 dots per inch which means that it is possible to enjoy a similar viewing experience to that of a standard 1024 display. The display is also visible in all lighting conditions – including direct sunlight – and it also has a touch screen option. All things considered the MR-1 truly is exceptional and its availability in SA should generate more than just interest from the military.
Pricing for the MR-1 from R35 000. Order from Zollhaus on 0861-111-358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.