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Intermec CK31/CK31ex

Ruggedized flashlight-style keyboard PDA
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Note: On December 10, 2012, Intermec announced that it will be acquired by Honeywell. [See Intermec press release]

Spiritual successor to Intermec's venerable 5000 Series of Windows CE-based flashlight terminals (which remain available), the thoroughly modern CK31 offers more in every respect. It has a fast 400 MHz PXA 255 processor, 64MB of RAM and 64MB of ROM, an indoor/outdoor readable 3.5" transflective LCD, 802.11b/g wireless, a SD Card slot, an integrated 1D/2D linear imager, a powerful 17Watt-hour Li-Ion battery for 8+ hours of operation, and a 52-key alphanumeric keyboard. Additional keyboard layouts are available for different application requirements. The 1D/2D images supports virtually every code and scanning method on the market today, there's a pistol grip option for more comfortable operation, and numerous vehicle mount, charging dock, communications cradle, and adapter options.

In June of 2007, Intermec announced the CK31ex, essentially a CK31 handheld with an integrated Intermec Intellibeam EX25 auto-focus near-far scan engine that can read and decode 1D and 2D bar codes as well as composite and postal codes, from near or far (six inches to about 50 feet), in any orientation.

As of January 2011, the CK31 is still listed as an active product, still running the by now fairly ancient Windows CE .NET 4.2. This is, of course, a testimony that things don't change nearly as quickly in vertical/industrial market equipment as they do in commercial electronics where a cellphone of this vintage would be considered historic.

Specifications Inermec CK31
Added/updated Updated 6/07: addition of CK31ex model with EX25 near-far scanner
Form-factor Ruggedized flashlight-style PDA
CPU Speed Intel PXA255/400 MHz
OS Windows CE .NET 4.2
Card slots 1 SD
Display type TransflectiveTFT
Display size/res 3.5"/240 x 320
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys 42/50/52-key keypads
Navigation directional control, triggers
Housing plastic/metal
Operating Temp -4 to 122F
Sealing IP64
Shock 4 foot drop
Size (WxHxD) 2.8 x 9.2 x 1.6
Weight 26 oz.
Power 7.4V, 2,400 mAH Li-Ion ("8+ hrs.")
Interface USB, 1D/2D linear imager; CK31ex model has Intellibeam(TM) EX25 auto-focus near-far scan engine
Wireless 802.11b/g
List price US$2,995 to US$3,760
Contact www.intermec.com
Windows Mobile Info
  • Windows Mobile 6
  • Windows Mobile 5
  • Windows Mobile Smartphone
  • Windows Mobile 2003
  • Windows CE .Net
  • Windows for Pocket PC 2002
  • Pocket PC intro 2000
  • Windows CE H/PC Pro 1998
  • Windows CE 2.0 1997
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