Monday, December 21, 2009

A Laptop With Rugged Good Looks

Getac has deep roots in the ruggedized space, a company originally geared toward military- and governmentoriented computing products. But the Getac 9213 purges the notion that a ruggedized ultraportable should have a rough-and-tumble appearance; its stylish metallic frame looks more like a mainstream product with business-rugged features. With the help of Intel’s low-powered parts, this featherweight delivered more than 5 hours of battery life, but the 9213’s toughness and energy efficiency may not be enough to warrant its bloated price tag. In design, the 9213 is reminiscent of the Acer Aspire 3935, measuring just 12.5 by 9 by 1 inches, and weighing 3.6 pounds. Its 13.3-inch widescreen clings to the old-school aspect ratio (16:10), whereas most consumer laptops are moving to 16:9. And the 9213’s classification as “business rugged” means it can survive 1.5-foot drops, water spills, and shock to its hard drive, but it’s not nearly as tough as a fully ruggedized laptop. The 9213 Ultralow Voltage (ULV) processor eliminates clunky fans and has huge benefits in power savings, but it trails many of its consumer counterparts in performance. Luckily, the 9213’s 3GB of memory can help offset some of its performance woes. If you work with resource-intensive apps, this laptop is probably not for you. Overall, the sleek metallic frame and more than 5 hours of battery life can compete with the best of them, but until the price comes down, I would carefully consider the Lenovo ThinkPad X301 or the Acer Aspire 3935.

Getac 9213

Pros : Feathery light. Can sustain drops, spills, and shakes. Efficient battery. Excellent navigating experience. Very stylish.

Cons : Expensive. Mislaid forward-slash key. No HDMI or DisplayPort technologies.

Specs 1.4-GHz Intel Pentium SU9400 processor; 3GB DDR3 SDRAM; 160GB hard drive ; 13.3-inch display; Intel Wi-Fi Link 5300 AGN; 3.6 pounds (4.4 travel); 3 USB ports; 58-Wh battery; Windows Vista Business (32 bit).

Source of Information : PC Magazine 2009 11

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