Can’t decide between a laptop and a tablet? Get both with a 2-in-1 Hybrid Laptop!

Two-in-one devices are a hybrid of a laptop and a tablet, for those who need the computing power of a laptop, yet the light weight and flexibility of a tablet.

Can’t decide between a rugged laptop or a rugged tablet? Get both with a 2-in-1! By now we all know that a two-in-one isn’t new. They have been around for a while, around 2013, and many companies are adopting them as their new standard and for good reason. Simply put, a 2-in-1 is a touch-optimized convertible-hybrid laptop or detachable-hybrid tablet with both a touch screen and a physical rugged keyboard, preferably rugged.

Whether it’s flipping around into presentation mode to turn a quick discussion into a quick showcase or going from laptop to tablet mode for quick video viewing, 2-in-1s are at their best in situations that you didn’t foresee, especially when out in the field.

Choosing between the regular laptops and the modern 2-in-1 types are very subjective and it completely depends on what industry you work in whether it be public safety, utilities, field service, warehousing or other. Two-in-one devices are a hybrid of a laptop and a tablet, for those who need the computing power of a laptop, yet the light weight and flexibility of a tablet. Here are a few of the main benefits of these versatile devices:

Lightweight

Often weighing in at only a few pounds, these devices allow you to complete the job without carrying around a heavy computer all day. For those with mobile jobs that require substantial travel by foot, or call for access to computing when away from a vehicle or computer stand, the ability to hold a device in one hand without straining your muscles is a huge energy-saver.

Rugged

Rugged two-in-one devices are purpose-built with flexibility and a long lifespan in mind. Manufacturers understand the need for hardy devices that can withstand substantial abuse throughout its working life, so there are many options for two-in-one devices that meet rugged certifications such as IP65, and MIl-STD-810G. All the devices mentioned here and many others we offer are fully rugged – meaning they are tested to military and industrial standards for ruggedness. This means you don’t have to worry about travel, the elements, or just tough working conditions taking the life out of your device. For mobile workers in rugged environments who need electronic access on a daily basis, this kind of reliability in harsh conditions is not optional, but necessary.

Mobile

For those workers traveling long distances in rugged environments, or spend most of their day inside of a vehicle, the ability to easily pack and transport electronic devices is extremely important. Many two-in-one devices retain all the mobility of a tablet, coming in astonishingly compact sizes. One example is the Getac V110, with a thickness of barely 1.3 inches. Devices like these are easily slipped into a pack or briefcase, while retaining all the computing power of a traditional laptop. And don’t worry about tossing it around – the Getac V110 and many other thin two-in-one devices are still fully rugged.

 Flexible

The beauty of two-in-ones is that they can function as both a laptop and a tablet — many have unique features that highlight this benefit. This notebook is lightweight and very versatile, allowing you to attach and detach the keyboard with only one hand. Detachable notebooks are an excellent choice for mobile computing, allowing workers to access a lightweight touch screen while on the go, all the while, still having access to a full keyboard when needed.

It’s easy to see why two-in-one devices are a popular choice for mobile workers in rugged environments, as these devices have all the benefits of a traditional computer or tablet but with the added bonus of a flexible form factor, rugged, fully mobile, and lightweight. To learn more about two-in-one devices, or for assistance in picking the best device for your needs, feel free to contact us. See our full list of featured rugged convertible two-in-one devices.

Group Mobile Launches New Microsite Dedicated to Xplore Products!

The Xplore powered by Group Mobile microsite also offers pages dedicated to vertical market industries that require rugged mobile computing solutions. 

Group Mobile has launched a new microsite dedicated to Xplore Technologies maker of industrial rugged tablets for customers in Energy, Utilities, Manufacturing and Distribution, Public Safety, Field Services, Transportation, and Military sectors for more than 20 years. This microsite will provide Xplore customers with a faster and more flexible way to shop for Xplore rugged tablets and accessories online. The Xplore powered by Group Mobile microsite also offers pages dedicated to vertical market industries that require rugged mobile computing solutions.

Visit buyxplore.com and enjoy a limited-time 15% discount on XSLATE R12 award winning, fully rugged tablet! The Xplore XSLATE R12 is a highly mobile, extremely flexible and always resilient tablet PC. The transformational two-in-one device gives you all the high performance capabilities and complete computing functions you need in a single platform. You’ll have the right connectivity and ergonomics for a quick transition from the field to a full desktop computing experience – and the most conveniently stored rugged keyboard on the market. With a highly responsive pen and touch input capabilities, magnetically-attached Companion Keyboard, adaptable form factor, and customized mounting options, this powerful rugged XSLATE R12 tablet gives all of your workers the flexibility to quickly and comfortably complete any task at hand no matter what working condition they face.

See why people are talking about this award winning Xplore XSLATE R12 tablet.

Visit https://BuyXplore.com to learn more about the Xplore rugged tablets Group Mobile offers.

Happy 4th of July From Group Mobile!

Rugged computers have proven time and time again to save end users and organizations large amounts of money, time, and grief due to their durability, reliability, longevity, and 3- to 5-year full warranties.

Why choose a rugged laptop or rugged tablet? There are many different types of rugged computers and the features that make them different from conventional, commercial-grade computers; as well as other considerations such as vehicle docking and mounting, integrated wireless and cellular broadband, GPS, cameras, barcode scanners, backlit keyboards and other capabilities that are often mandatory in mobile or outdoor computing.

Rugged Computers, also known as hardened computers, and ruggedized computers have been around since the late 1970s / early 1980s, so they basically have been around as long as the PC industry itself. It was quickly discovered and understood that commercial-grade PCs, designed for office workers or even highly-mobile, white-collar workers and frequent flyers, would not hold up in an in-field, in-vehicle, outdoor, or warehouse/factory type of environment. Rugged technology has been developed to allow what is a fairly delicate piece of sophisticated electronics, to be able to function and survive while on-the-go, in the field, and even in tough environmental conditions. Rugged computers have proven time and time again to save end users and organizations large amounts of money, time, and grief due to their durability, reliability, longevity, and 3- to 5-year full warranties.

Countless studies have shown that rugged and mobile computers cost less to own, even though their initial price is higher. Not to mention, the headache-avoidance factor associated with fewer repairs and less equipment failure is incalculable. Rugged devices are absolutely essential in today’s mobile computing environment. Public safety, field service, construction, healthcare, natural resource-related, military, field work and exploration, public and private utilities, building and home inspection, geospatial, aviation, marine, distribution and warehousing, transportation… the list goes on and on of the industries and fields of endeavor that are able to take advantage of computer automation and the subsequent productivity gains as a result of the availability of rugged and ruggedized computers.

Rugged Computers have features like magnesium or aluminum casings, shock-mounted disk drives or solid state drives, waterproof and backlit rugged keyboards, and hardened sunlight-readable displays. Some rugged computers are able to withstand a 6-foot drop on to concrete or even submersion in water. These days, all form factors of computers have been ruggedized including laptops/notebooks, tablets, and handhelds/smartphones.

Contact one of Group Mobile’s mobile solutions experts to see how implementing rugged technology can benefit you.

Rugged laptops and rugged tablets are used in all branches of the military and for good reason. Rugged computers are able to withstand the intense heat and sand of the desert and can survive the bumps and jolts of an armored vehicle or naval vessel.

For every veteran and every active duty soldier and individual in military uniform — thank you. Thank you for the sacrifice you continue to make every day on our behalf. And for every family who’s lost a soldier due to service to their country — thank you. Thank you for your family member who’s made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. No words can ever express the debt we owe these brave men and women.

When your job takes you all over the world to unknown conditions, when every move you make is dependent on real-time intelligence and decision making capabilities, having a mobile device that is durable, dependable, and fast is an absolute necessity to power through every military operation. Group Mobile offers many different military grade computing options purposefully built to weather the burden of battlefield operating extremes — dust to water, bright sun to pitch black darkness, plus the rugged environment in military vehicles. 

Rugged laptops and rugged tablets are used in all branches of the military and for good reason. Rugged computers are able to withstand the intense heat and sand of the desert and can survive the bumps and jolts of an armored vehicle or naval vessel. Rugged computers have been tested according to military standards (MIL-STD 810F) and have daylight-viewable displays for in-field use. Some top features for military include:

  • Sunlight-viewable display
  • Protection against intense heat and sand
  • Protection against bumps and jolts
  • Military standards approved (MIL-STD 810F)

 

See some of Group Mobile’s top devices for military and homeland security.

Panasonic Toughbook 20 — Two-in-One Computer You Can Use Six Different Ways!

Depending on how you look at it, the Toughbook 20 is a rugged tablet that snaps onto an exceptionally well integrated keyboard, or a laptop where the display comes off and can be used as a tablet.

Are you looking for a computer with the best of both worlds? Something extremely tough but still sleek and sophisticated with the ability to use in many different ways. Depending on how you look at it, the Toughbook 20 is a rugged tablet that snaps onto an exceptionally well integrated keyboard, or a laptop where the display comes off and can be used as a tablet. The versatility the Panasonic CF-20 provides is something many other rugged computer manufacturers are beginning to design because of the trending market demand for a hybrid tablet and laptop in one.

The Panasonic Toughbook 20 is a 2-in-1 device specifically designed for field use by police, military, field service, logistics, oil and gas, and transportation. At only 3.9 pounds, this 2-in-1 laptop is lightweight and extremely versatile. The clever built in handle can even be used as a kickstand, providing on-the-job flexibility. Offering the best of all worlds for mobile workers, the Toughbook 20 can be used in six different usage modes including: normal laptop, isolated tablet, inscription flipped 180 degrees for presentations, automobile mode with keyboard attached, built-in lift mode or unresolved on a wall, and car mode while the device is on the move.

The Toughbook CF-20 convertible rugged laptop comes standard with a sixth-generation Intel Core m5-6Y57 vPro™ processor with 128GB solid state drive, 8GB RAM, HD Graphics 51 GPU, and Windows 10 Professional. The device has a 10.1″ WUXGA 1920 x 1200 sunlight viewable tough screen, and can optionally come with a digitizer for stylus input.

This extremely versatile device meets military standards of MIL-STD-810G for electromagnetic interference, plus working through drops and extreme conditions such as shocks, rain,vibration, dust, sand, and extreme temperatures. The Panasonic Toughbook 20, 2-in-1 device also offers additional options such as GPS and 4G LTE mobile broadband, in addition to SmartCard technology, serial port, magstripe and 1D/2D barcode reader, plus a fingerprint scanner can be added for extended security.

The rugged Toughbook 20 has a broad selection of optional accessories including a desktop dock, vehicle docks, rotating hand strap, 4-bay battery charger, carrying cases and more, all available at Group Mobile.

Contact one of Group Mobile’s trusted technology advisors to get a personalized quote today.

Xplore Xslate D10 Fully Rugged Android Tablet — Gets a Big Boost From Android Marshmallow Upgrade!

The new Android 6.0.1, Marshmallow OS improves the battery life of the Xplore XSLATE D10 rugged tablet more than 10 percent, extending the use time beyond 8 hours. A hot-swappable second battery option provides up to 22 hours of continuous work time.

The recent Google upgrade to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is the most widely used operating system on Android devices, exactly why the Xplore Xslate D10 fully rugged Android tablet is now loaded and ready to go with this new operating system. So, why does this matter? Android Marshmallow has several new features that make rugged tablet functionality even better. With the surge of mobile workers today these critical upgrades will make employees more productive and efficient — who doesn’t want that?

Check out the reasons this new upgrade is pretty darn “sweet” —

  • The upgrade to Android Marshmallow on the Xslate D10 provides critical security, power management and mobile device management enhancements that aren’t as uniformly accessible with other operating system options.
  • Numerous enhancements made to Android for Work and Voice Assist APIs with Marshmallow mean that the rugged tablet’s users enjoy faster application responsiveness and, subsequently, greater worker efficiency. The expanded data security and encryption features make the tablet’s overall appeal rating and the return on investment rise  — especially when the built-in security features such as biometric and SmartCard/CAC authentication options are jointly considered. The power, performance, and security Marshmallow offers will significantly increase mobile worker productivity.
  • The new Android 6.0.1, Marshmallow operating system improves the battery life of the Xplore XSLATE D10 rugged tablet more than 10 percent, extending the use time beyond 8 hours. A hot-swappable second battery option provides up to 22 hours of continuous work time.blog-android-for-work-Sep30-side

Why buy the Xplore Xslate D10? — It may seem like you’re saving money when you buy a less-expensive off-the-shelf tablet PC for your military, factory, manufacturing company, public safety, energy, transportation, or field service. However, put a  non-ruggedized tablet to work on an oil rig, in a warehouse, on a fleet truck without shocks – or anywhere water, dust, vibrations, fuels, grease, or salt fog are prevalent and the device will fail in a short amount of time.

When deciding on what to buy, an Android rugged tablet proven to work well within the work environment can notably improve your entire mobility solution’s total cost of ownership and improve your bottom line.

Contact one of Group Mobile’s rugged mobility specialist today to customize a mobile computing solution to suit your exact user requirements.

Rugged Mobile Devices for Outdoor Computing

Using an rugged mobile computing device that’s up to the task of working outdoors saves money in the long run, thanks to lower repair and replacement costs.

Harsh weather shouldn’t be a barrier to using mobile computers on-site. A rugged device that can stand up to an unpleasant environment is a huge help for inspections, surveying, temporary checkpoints, emergency services, journalism, and crowd management. Using a device that’s up to the task saves money in the long run, thanks to lower repair and replacement costs. A ruggedized device lasts longer because it can:

  • Survive falling on hard surfaces.
  • Withstand extremes and sudden changes of temperature.
  • Go out in rain and snow without damage.
  • Present a readable display in sunlight.

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