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MicroSlate MSL-3000

Rugged notebook never gets obsolete
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Microslate's 3000P is a rugged notebook computer with a very tough plastic case and a mature and extensively field-tested design. As is the case with all of its rugged products, Microslate keeps updating the electronics as new components and technologies become available, but will leave design alone if it does not need any change. Relatively compact and lightweight, the 3000P is primarily meant to be used in a vehicle (or similar) environment in conjunction with one of two smart docking station that provide excellent connectivity. All ports are sealed with thick rubber plugs. The 10.4-inch high brightness display is very readable in most lighting conditions. Like all Microslate computers, the 3000P is highly customizable, radio-ready for a variety of wireless and GPS solutions, and eminently practical. This is one machine that will never be obsolete.

Update 2008: Sadly, after being at the innovative forefront of mobile and slate technology for many years, MicroSlate appears to have vanished.

Processor Intel Pentium M 725 or 765
CPU Speed 1.6GHz or 2.1GHz
Standard/Max RAM 256-2048MB
Disk/drive 40-60GB HD + optical drive options
Card slots 2 PC Card Type II
Display type high bright transmissive TFT
Display size/res 10.4" SVGA or XGA sunlight TFTs
Digitizer/pens optional touchscreen
Keyboard/scale Sealed backlit
Housing Plastic
Operating Temp 14 to 131 degree F
Sealing 1.8 inches rain per hour
Shock 2.5 feet drop to concrete
Size (WxHxD) 12.2 x 9.0 x 3.8
Weight est 8 lbs.
Power Vehicle power or 10.8V NiMH
Interface Audio, VGA, RJ11, RJ45
Interface 2 USB 2.0, IEEE1394, 2S/P, 2 PS/2
List price from US$5,035
Contact www.microslate.com
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