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Rugged "open book" handheld now with two new display options
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

The MX3 series includes a variety of "open book" style rugged handheld PCs for use in mobile or vehicle-mount applications. Like most devices with the 640 x 240 wide screen, the MX3's design goes back to the era of Windows CE-based handheld PCs, but LXE is keeping the product technologically up-to-date, most recently with the addition of 802.11b/g WiFi and the availability of Windows CE 5.0. While lesser versions in then MX3 line use older processors and have less memory, the top-of-the-line MX3X has a powerful 400 MHZ Intel PXA255, plenty of RAM and flash, and excellent expandability via a PC Card and a CF card slot.

The device is large enough to have plenty of onboard connectivity, and that can be enhanced/customized with LXE's "end-cap" scanner and communications options. The MX3X is for those who like this form factor better than flashlights or PDAs, but don't want to give up the power of a modern handheld.

The MX3X platform is extremely rugged thanks to its sturdy polycarbonate/ABS housing, IP66 sealing, and wide 14 to 122 degree Fahrenheit operating temperature range. A very powerful battery allows full-shift operation.

In June of 2008, LXE introduced the MX3XPlus. It is built on the MX3X platform, but offers a much brighter indoor version of the half-VGA 640 x 240 pixel display as well. At 350 nits, it is five times brighter than the older color displays used in the MX3X. A new sunlight-readable color display uses transflective LCD technology.

LXE describes the MX3XPlus as a multimodal device that is "voice-ready" out of the box, using LXE's ToughTalk™ voice recognition technology.

LXE, Inc. is a division of Atlanta, Georgia based EMS Technolgies, Inc., a wireless and satellite solutions leader serving the aeronautical, defense, maritime, commercial space and supply chain markets.

Added/changed Updated 9/07, 6/08
Form-factor Rugged handheld PC
CPU Speed Intel PXA255/400 MHz
OS Windows CE .NET 4.2 or Windows CE 5.0
RAM/ROM 64-128MB/64-128MB
Card slots 1 PC Card, 1 CF
Display type Transmissive or transflective LCD
Display size/res 6.5"/640 x 240; special display options: 350 nits indoor, sunlight-readable transflective outdoors
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys 63-key QWERTY
Navigation kbd, stylus
Housing Polycarbonate/ABS plastics
Operating Temp 14 to 122F
Sealing IP66
Shock 4 foot drop
Size (WxHxD) 8.0 x 6.0 x 1.35
Weight 2.1 lbs.
Power 10.8V, 2,000 mAH Li-Ion ("8+ hrs.")
Interface 2 USB, 2 RS232, IR, Barcode scanner
Wireless 802.11b/g
List price $4,000 (incl. radio and scanner)
Contact www.lxe.com
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  • Windows Mobile 5
  • Windows Mobile Smartphone
  • Windows Mobile 2003
  • Windows CE .Net
  • Windows for Pocket PC 2002
  • Pocket PC intro 2000
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