It's been a while since we've seen a new, full-sized slate format Tablet PC, but Motion Computing seldom disappoint. The new Motion J3400 Rugged Tablet PC is, as the name suggests, a rough & tumble capable slate with a 12.1-inch WXGA active touchscreen - with optional View Anywhere outdoor usability - plus 1.2GHz or 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processors, 2GB of RAM and an optional 64GB SSD.
There's also optional Qualcomm Gobi dual-mode WWAN connectivity, standard WiFi a/b/g/n, gigabit ethernet, optional Bluetooth 2.1 and an optional 2-megapixel autofocus camera with LED light. Motion have given the J3400 dual battery bays, hot-swappable, which together promise all-day usability of up to 7.4hrs.
Of course, since it's advertised as rugged you'd expect some stats to back that up, and Motion don't disappoint. The J3400 is compliant to MIL-STD-810F, meaning it's good for a 3-foot drop together with being water, dust and splash resistant. Storage is shock-mounted, as is the display which also has a chemically-strengthened glass layer. The marvelously textured bottom (check out the gallery, you'll see what I mean) is rubber-coated for shock dampening, and inside there's a magnesium-alloy frame.
Despite all that, it's relatively compact at 12.7 x 9.09 x 0.90 inches, and weighs 3.6lbs with a single battery or 4.0lbs with both in place. Full specs here, and you can pick up the Motion J3400 from today with prices starting at $2,299.
Motion Launches the J3400 Rugged Tablet PC with All Day Battery Life and an Industry-Leading Bright Outdoor Display
Ideal for mobile workers the J3400 is a rugged, lightweight device with a dual battery design for all day computing
AUSTIN, TX – March 16, 2009 – Motion Computing®, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications, today announced the latest in its line of rugged tablet PCs. Maximizing performance and flexibility, the J3400's lightweight package, superior ergonomics and integrated features allow it to adapt easily to a broad range of demanding work environments. Ideal for mobile workers that compute while walking or standing, the J3400 extends the computing day with a dual battery design and shines with an industry-leading, bright outdoor display.
"The J3400 was developed based on more than seven years of tablet PC experience, and feedback from customers across industries," said David Altounian, president and CEO, Motion Computing. "It is a mobile computing device with the capabilities our customers are demanding – a powerful processor with a compact rugged design that supports users who must be productive whether in the field or in the office."
The J3400 joins Motion's family of proven tablet PCs that meet the needs of mobile users across a variety of markets including healthcare, construction, field sales and service and government. Balancing performance, weight, durability and integrated features, Motion tablets have significantly enhanced mobile productivity by enabling users to take technology directly to the point of service.
"Motion is recognized for innovative solutions that can improve productivity with the ability to take technology to the point of service," said Brian Tucker, business marketing manager, Mobile Platforms Group, Intel Corporation. "Intel's Centrino 2 processor technology is the backbone in many thin and light concepts like the J3400's innovative design with long battery life."
Cianbro, a construction and service solutions provider, has significantly improved job site productivity with the use of Motion tablet PCs. The company plans to deploy the J3400s at Destiny USA, a first-class destination being built to operate 100 percent free of fossil fuels.
"At Cianbro, we're excited about the advancements Motion has made with the J3400. The new features fit in well with our mobile computing needs," said David Fay, Cianbro's job site technology manager. "The bright screen, ruggedness and integrated camera will help us further improve productivity as we work to enable innovation in the construction industry through advanced technology."
Rugged, Lightweight and Ergonomic Equal All Day Computing
Motion's J3400 offers all of the durability and functionality of a rugged PC, without the extra weight and price associated with traditional fully rugged devices. The tablet PC features a hot-swappable dual battery feature for all day computing performance. Additionally, with its balanced design, integrated shoulder strap attach points, rounded corners and slip-free grip surface, it is easily carried throughout the day.
Motion's unique design and internal frame that protects internal components without adding weight or thickness allows for the J3400's rugged design and light weight. The tablet PC is IP-52 rated and meets MIL-STD-810F specifications – able to withstand a three-foot drop on plywood over concrete as well as the occasional bumps, dust and moisture associated with mobile working environments. A variety of features create a reliable, rugged device:
• 1.8 inch hard disk drive (HDD) that provides extra shock protection
• Shock-mounted display and HDD with DataGuard™, an accelerometer that protects data during drops or other events that could potentially damage the hard drive
• Optional low cost 64GB SSD for extreme shock and vibration protection
Integrated Features and Custom Peripherals Optimize Usability
The J3400's available integrated features improve field productivity while reducing the number of devices that must be carried, while a host of custom-designed peripherals optimize usability:
• 2.0 megapixel camera for seamless, in-the-field documentation
• Smart card reader and biometric fingerprint reader for enhanced security
• GPS for real-time mapping, location tracking or the geo-tagging of digital photos
• FlexDock with full input/output connections, a convenient charging bay and mounting compatibility with any VESA device
• J-Series Work Anywhere™ kit to give users a comfortable option for carrying the device throughout the workday
Improving Mobile Productivity with the Latest Technologies
The J3400 is available with a variety of technologies that improve productivity, whether computing indoors or out. It is the first tablet PC to combine Motion's View Anywhere® technology with the Hydis AFFS+ wide screen display, creating an industry-leading, bright outdoor viewing experience. Other available features include:
• Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology, which includes the Intel® Core™2 Duo processor to provide high performance and optimal battery life
• Speak Anywhere® technology that intelligently switches between two of three microphones for high-fidelity voice and sound input
• Intel® WiFi Link 5300 Series 802.11 a/b/g/draft-n, CSR BlueCore™ Bluetooth® 2.1, and integrated Gobi™ mobile broadband for a variety of communications options
Pricing and Availability
The Motion J3400 is now available at a starting price of $2,299. Motion tablet PCs are sold by authorized Motion resellers and distributors worldwide. For more information or to find a certified Motion reseller visit www.motioncomputing.com/products/tablet_pc_J34.asp.