Magazine article Law & Order

Trimble Recon X-Series

Magazine article Law & Order

Trimble Recon X-Series

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The Recon X-Series is the next generation of Trimble's popular rugged handheld computer. New features include integrated Bluetooth and 802.11g wireless capabilities, more Flash memory, an improved color touch screen and a built-in microphone. The Recon X-Series also comes with Windows Mobile® 5.0, the latest version of Microsoft's software for handheld devices.

Just as police cars are beefed up with heavy-duty components to withstand the hard use that comes with police work, the rugged Recon is built to handle much rougher use than an ordinary handheld computer can endure. It meets the MIL-STD-810F military standard for drops, vibration and temperature extremes.

It also has an IP67 rating, meaning that it's impervious to water and dust. For law enforcement applications, that means officers can use the Recon in rain, snow, extreme heat or other adverse weather conditions. Even if officers accidentally drop the Recon onto pavement or into a puddle, it won't damage the unit, and they won't lose any data.

Despite its rugged construction, the Recon is still compact and lightweight, making it easy to use and carry by officers on bicycle or foot patrols. The Recon weighs just 17 ounces and has rounded edges that fit comfortably in the hand. A long-life battery allows the Recon to work for a full shift without a recharging.

Integrated wireless is the major enhancement to the Recon X-Series. Bluetooth wireless allows users to connect to peripherals such as mobile printers without cables. And 802.11g wireless provides access to local area networks, e-mail and the Internet.

The Recon X-Series is available in two models, both with more Flash memory than before. The Recon 200X features a 200 MHz Intel XScale processor and 128 MB of Flash memory; the Recon 400X features a 400 MHz processor and 256 MB of Flash memory. Both Recon X-Series models also feature high-performance NAND Flash memory for improved data security. …

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