Two Cents: GammaTech Durabook Looks Good While Taking on Tough Tasks

The R11 rugged tablet PC is a heavyweight that’s light on its feet.

by / December 22, 2015

The GammaTech Durabook R11 rugged tablet PC is drop, shock and spill resistant. The display is sharp and crisp, and its virtual keyboard is easily accessible. Glass covers most of the front surface, setting the tablet apart from other, more rubberized models. It includes Intel HD graphics at 1366 x 768 resolution. The four resolution options include VGA (640 x 480), SVGA (800 x 600), XGA (1024 x 768) and native. It’s enabled for 3-D video as well. The tablet contains an Intel Haswell i7/i5 series chipset, one DDR3L socket for 4 GB/8 GB memory and an M2-SATA solid state drive with 64 GB/128 GB.

The sleek R11 contains a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 5-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and 1500 mcd LED flashlight, and optional support for geotagging. A magnetic stripe reader with a smart card reader is also optional. It has a built-in G sensor, gyroscope (Win 8 only) and e-compass (Win 8 only). The tablet’s ambient sensor detects the available outdoor, indoor or low-light conditions in the surrounding environment. The LCD capacitive touch display supports an optional digitizer for use with a digital pen.

The tablet is a comfortable size, measuring 11.75 inches x 7.56 inches x .79 inches, with an 11.6-inch screen, and is lightweight at 2.73 pounds. It’s designed to withstand a 4-foot drop to plywood over concrete (MIL-STD 810G). It can operate at -10 degrees Celsius to 55 degrees Celsius, at 5 to 95 percent humidity and is also designed to withstand dusty conditions.

The R11 features a barcode scanner, two USB 3.0 ports, SDHC and SDXC memory card slot, and SIM card slot for wireless Internet access. It contains a lithium-polymer battery designed to last for seven hours of operation. An external WWAN antenna allows connectivity to the Internet via mobile or cellular data networks via the AirCard Watcher application.

The audio combo jack lets users connect to a headset or microphone. The unit has a 70 decibel speaker. Users can connect USB devices such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, digital camera or external hard disk drive. A vehicle and office dock are available options.

The R11 starts at $2,100 at various resellers.

Miriam Jones Chief Copy Editor

Miriam Jones is chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines. She joined e.Republic in 2000 as an editor of Converge magazine.