5 Reasons You Need a Rugged Mobile Printer

If you frequently find yourself needing to transfer documentation from your mobile device to paper, however, there’s one more piece of equipment you need: a rugged mobile printer.

If you take your business on the go with you, you may already have experienced many of the benefits of rugged mobile devices. A rugged computer that’s tough enough to handle being bounced around in your truck all day, a rugged tablet that you can safely use in the rain, or a rugged handheld that doesn’t quit just because it bounced out of your hand and landed face-down on the sidewalk are incredibly useful. If you frequently find yourself needing to transfer documentation from your mobile device to paper, however, there’s one more piece of equipment you need: a rugged mobile printer.

Rugged Printers Make Creating Paperwork Easy

There are rugged mobile printers that are designed to handle all of your needs, whatever they may be. Whether you’re printing out a work order for a client to sign before you leave a work site or you need a printer that can print a receipt or tickets, there’s a rugged printer designed with your needs in mind. Many things have gone digital, but there’s still paperwork involved in your business. Rugged printers make creating that paperwork easy!

Speed and Quality are Increasing

Just a few years ago, a printer rugged enough to be used in the field meant a slow, clunky printer that offered poor quality at best. Today’s rugged printers, however, are rapidly increasing in quality. Now, you can expect to create everything from neat documents that print at a perfectly reasonable speed to full-color printouts that allow everyone to see every detail of the page.

Small Size Allows for More Equipment

You don’t need yet another clunky piece of equipment taking up vitally necessary space in your vehicle. Thankfully, today’s mobile printers are designed to be compact. They’ll fit neatly in the center console of your vehicle or tuck in with the rest of your equipment, allowing you to carry your rugged printer without having to sacrifice other necessary equipment.

Set Up and Use Your Printer Fast

The convenience of a printer that can go wherever you can is quickly outweighed if it takes an hour to get it set up. Thankfully, as more rugged printers hit the market, it’s becoming easier than ever to set up and use your printer. Within a matter of minutes, you can have your printer connected to your rugged mobile device and ready to use. It’s a simple process that will have you handing over important paper documentation to your clients, your coworkers, and anyone else who needs that critical information in a quick, timely manner.

Enjoy the Confidence that Your Printer Will Last

Portable printers shouldn’t be a regular line item in your budget. Instead, choose a portable printer that’s designed to be rugged–that is, a printer that is as tough as the rest of your devices and able to withstand all the conditions you face every day. From weather protection that will keep your printer functioning in spite of the fact that you’re using it outside to drop protection and more, rugged printers are designed to be used as hard as the rest of your equipment, making them a critical addition to your kit. Don’t settle for a printer that has to be replaced constantly because it’s not tough enough to handle it. Instead, choose a rugged printer that’s up to handling all your needs.

Your job demands rugged equipment, and we’re here to make sure that you have exactly the printers, scanners, and mobile devices you need in order to get your job done every day. Contact us today to learn more about the devices we carry and how they can transform your work day, your efficiency, and your budget.

 

Rugged Laptop or Rugged Tablet — How to Decide on the Right Mobile Computer for Law Enforcement

Whether you decide to implement a tablet or laptop solution into your department is completely dependent on the necessary requirements to create a real-time situational awareness crime center for every officer.

We all know how unpredictable and fast-moving law enforcement can be. We can all recall the days when officers carried handhelds the size of a brick, cell phones were an expensive status symbol, no inter-connectivity to personnel was available, and long trips back to the station to input the day’s data entry was a tedious and dreaded task. Who could have predicted the law enforcement workflow of the future — reliable and continual communication, instant access to critical records, GPS guidance, e-citations, fingerprint authentication readers, smartcard and magnetic card readers, body-worn cameras, in-vehicle printing, on-scene incident reporting, barcode and RFID readers, automatic license plate readers, and law enforcement oriented apps and software — these advancements have made it possible for officers to have a real-time crime center. Whether you decide to implement a tablet or laptop solution into your department is completely dependent on the necessary requirements to create a real-time situational awareness crime center for every officer.

Within the past five years’ tablets have become an evolving form factor, some pledging the case for tablets becoming the mobile computing tool of the future for law enforcement, gaining momentum into the market so strongly laptops are being thrown into the abyss of the past. However, opinions differ on whether a tablet can outperform the old tried and trusted mobile workstations via a laptop or notebook, as both have their individual advantages. Keep reading on to discover the advantages of both mobile solutions — tablets and laptops for law enforcement.

The Pros of Rugged Tablet Solutions

Why should you choose a rugged tablet solution for your department? The choice between equipping your workforce with laptops or tablets is dependent upon whether officers are in a patrol car, at a desk, on foot, or in the office. Do officers want to take the device outside of the vehicle? Tablets are a highly effective tool for police motorcycles which can be mounted on handle bars or in the saddle bag, as well as patrol cars, SWAT teams and investigators. Detectives can use rugged tablets to take on-scene film footage and images without requiring expensive digital cameras to capture evidence.

Tablets are light weight and small enough for handheld use and take up minimal space inside police vehicles. Specialized uses for tablets include signature captures, barcode scanning for ID verification and VIN number scanning, field interview creation, evidence photography, plus the ability to exit a vehicle while filming real-time video of emergency situations to properly assess the requested resources for dispatch. Officers can take a tablet from the vehicle to the street and back to the office to be docked and used as a desktop PC — this seamless transition is the definition of true mobile computing. In the past, display real estate has been an issue with officers using tablets for their main computing solution but today tablet screen size has become comparable to the laptop or notebook and even offer digitized screens for glove-touch and sunlight viewability. What about data entry? Many rugged tablets have backlit companion keyboards that seamlessly snap-on or bolt-on for quick typing ability. Rugged tablets are a practical solution offering complete mobility allowing for routine work to be more streamlined in the field, an imperative element in creating intelligent, real-time crime centers.

 The Pros of Rugged Laptop Solutions

Not every rugged laptop is created equal and this is especially true when deciding which laptop solution to implement into your department. Many rugged laptops are purpose built for public safety and offer touchscreens for tapping and zooming, stylus pens for signatures and on-screen entry, a thin and light design, and ergonomic features such as swivel screens to be viewed by individuals both on the driver and passenger sides of the car.

What about removing the device from the vehicle? Many officers never remove their device from the police vehicle and when given the choice, would rather not. When a mobile device is removed from the vehicle such as a rugged tablet the chance of the device being broken, driven over, stolen or misplaced is highly likely. When this happens, the device must be replaced which can be very costly over time. An important aspect of a law enforcement laptop or notebook is the proper vehicle mounting solution. The last thing an officer needs is a large bulky computer impeding the process and increasing risk. Vehicle docking stations and consoles keep rugged laptops charged and ready to go while providing shock absorption and stability. Rugged laptops will continue to evolve aiming to make jobs more efficient and productive — we see this today in the adoption of the two-in-one hybrid notebook which can be used as a laptop or tablet. For those who need the stability of a laptop, yet the light weight flexible form factor of a tablet, a two-in-one device may be the right solution for your department.

When the time comes to implement new and advanced technology whether it be a tablet, laptop or a two-in-one device, police computers must be durable, high performing, easy to use with custom features and options, along with a realistic price point — an equation for value and return on investment.

The mobile solutions experts at Group Mobile work with police departments nationwide and can assist you in determining the best equipment for your application and budget.

Popular Accessories for Rugged Tablets, Laptops and Handheld Computers!

Choose additional tools that will make it possible for you to handle your daily job tasks as easily on the road or in the field as you do in the safety and comfort of a traditional office.

With so many rugged accessories to choose from today, how do you evaluate the must-have accessories you need for optimum productivity? So, you’ve selected the rugged device that will work best for you: a tablet, handheld or laptop that’s tough enough to handle everything you do across the course of your daily job responsibilities. Or, maybe your IT department has chosen the rugged computer for you and your department and you’re not exactly sure how to make it work as a valuable tool for you. The next step is selecting the mobile accessories to accompany your rugged computing device: the additional tools that will make it possible for you to handle your daily job tasks as easily on the road or in the field as you do in the safety and comfort of a traditional office.

So, first evaluate your job requirements and begin to ask yourself the following questions: Do I need to use my rugged tablet or laptop in a company or personal vehicle? Do I need the ability to print or scan documents while on the road or in the field? Will I be charging my rugged computer in my vehicle?  Do I need the ability to dock my tablet or laptop inside my office for use at my desk? Do I need connectivity over commercial, municipal or public safety wireless networks using either a built-in or plug-in data card or mobile router? Do I need a shoulder strap to easily carry my tablet or laptop in the field? Will I be using my rugged laptop or tablet on a forklift therefore requiring a forklift computer mount? Will I be operating my rugged device for long hours which will require a spare battery for my device? Do I need a bar code scanner to read labels from just a few inches to 40-feet away? Do I need a rugged keyboard to easily attach and remove from the unit and often fold for easy transport? These are only a few of the vital questions to consider when evaluating your work environment and what must-have rugged computing accessories you need for optimum productivity.

There are plenty of accessories to choose from, but these five must-have rugged computing accessories will help make your daily tasks easier and ensure your rugged device keeps up with all of your needs to increase productivity and efficiency at work, now who doesn’t want that?

  1. Rugged Printers and Scanners

How many times have you been out on a job site, only to discover that you needed to share information with someone in paper form? From printing out critical instructions for a patient in need of detailed care to printing an invoice or receipt on the go, you can’t always rely on digital formats. Public safety and field service workers heavily rely on the availability of rugged mobile vehicle printers. Mobile rugged printers are easy to operate and maintain in the field, offering full-page printing with high resolution text, graphics and images. Another added benefit to mobile rugged printers is how easily adaptable they are to almost any vehicle in your fleet. Rugged printers are just as tough as your rugged tablet or laptop and can be easily attached to your device for precise, professional and simple mobile printing.

Many people working in realty, home healthcare, insurance appraisal, police, legal, and construction to name a few will highly benefit from a rugged vehicle scanner. Do you really need a rugged scanner? It depends on what your job entails! If you regularly handle a great deal of paperwork while you’re on the road or find yourself needing to get clients’ signatures in the system quickly, a rugged scanner can help provide the speed you and your clients need to keep your day running smoothly.

  1. Rugged Keyboards

Rugged keyboards are ergonomic and can be an invaluable tool for workers in the field. Many rugged keyboards are completely sealed form the elements and designed with LED backlit keys for use in dark environments or inside vehicles at night. Rugged keyboards are used by police, medical professionals including travel nurses, oil and gas, mining and energy, EMS and fire and fleet management. Rugged keyboards designed specifically for your business will provide real return on investment and exceptional value.

  1. Vehicle Mounts

Some people are perfectly content to store their rugged devices in a bag or case, pulling it out whenever they need it. In other cases, however, you may find yourself wanting to install your rugged device within your vehicle. Vehicle mounts are the perfect mobile solution: they hold your device where you need it, making sure that it’s always at hand. Vehicle mounting solutions offer a flexible form factor that delivers strength and durability to protect your technology investment. Worried about drilling in your vehicle? Consider the No-Drill vehicle mounting solution — installation is simple with the use of your existing passenger side seat leg bolts. Several adjustment points throughout the mount enable you to position your laptop in the most ergonomic and comfortable position possible.

  1. Power Accessories

You don’t always have the luxury of heading back to the office to plug in your device as the battery starts to run low. When that flashing power indicator shows up, you want to have options! Some rugged devices offer hot swappable batteries allowing you to swap out the battery while your device is still running. In other cases, a vehicle charger will be enough. Wherever your day takes you, make sure you have plenty of battery power to keep pushing through your work day.

  1. Gateways and Modems

Do you need internet connectivity no matter where you are? If being able to bring in data is a critical part of your daily job, you need to be sure that you’ll get wireless access no matter where your day takes you. Gateways and modems will provide the wireless signal your device needs to ensure that you have access no matter how far from the office, or how far off the beaten path you might be on a given day. Carry the internet with you wherever you go and enjoy the assurance that data is just the press of a button away. Many companies rely on mobile workers that need access to the same tools available at the office.  These tools need to be accessible anytime, anywhere – even for workers in vehicles, on the move and at remote work sites. Organizations can more efficiently manage operations by knowing the location and status of their mobile assets.

Once you’ve selected your rugged device, make sure that you have the accessories that will accompany it to make your work day run smoother and more productive. Our team of mobile solution experts can evaluate your business and streamline a solution to increase productivity and efficiency of your workers — a common goal we all have in mind.

Contact a Group Mobile sales professional to get started.

Shop for Rugged Mobile Printers at Group Mobile!

A mobile printers is the perfect complementary accessory for rugged computer users. They are extremely portable and can be mounted in vehicles or carried in a small bag. Learn more about a few of the most popular mobile printers Group Mobile carries — the Brother PocketJet 6, the HP Officejet 100, and the Canon PIXMA iP110. 

Brother PocketJet
Reliable full-page mobile thermal printers!    
The The Brother™ PocketJet® 6, 6 Plus, and 673 mobile printers can connect easily to laptops and handhelds to quickly produce full-page documents with high-resolution text, graphics, and pictures practically anywhere. These lightweight, compact, battery-powered thermal printers help mobile professionals in public safety, pest management, insurance, public utilities, and other service organizations print the detailed full-page diagrams, maps, and other documents they need, virtually wherever they are. They use thermal printing technology — proven reliable from the scorching heat of Arizona to the frigid cold of Alaska. There are no inks, toners, or ribbons required. There’s only one consumable — Brother premium media available in cut sheets, as fanfold paper, or on rolls. Their compact size fits in a briefcase or tool bag. Learn more about the Brother PocketJet rugged mobile printers…

HP Officejet Mobile 
Produce professional-quality documents on the go!


The HP Officejet Mobile is a compact and reliable printer weighing only 5.5 pounds (including its Lithium-Ion battery). It prints documents with laser-quality black text and vivid color graphics, and produces lab-quality 4 x 6 inch photos on the go. The Officejet allows you to manage large jobs with the 50-sheet folding paper feeder and you can print up to 500 pages when the battery is fully charged. The HP Officejet 100 reduces your impact on the environment by automatically powering down when idle to save energy and extend battery life and by using original HP 95/HP 98 cartridges that contain up to 50% recycled material. Learn more about the HP Officejet Mobile printer...

Canon PIXMA iP110
Great image quality and mobile convenience!  

The rugged, compact Canon PIXMA iP110 mobile printer delivers remarkable quality and print-anywhere portability. It affords users the ability to print photos or documents directly from their mobile device from just about anywhere. With the Cloud printing function you can print directly from select online Cloud services, such as, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, One Drive, Google Drive, and more, from your mobile device using the free PPS app. With Google Cloud Print you can print from wherever you are and from applications you use every day. For the Apple mobile device users, the iP110 is AirPrint™ compatible. Learn more about the Canon PIXMA ip110 rugged mobile printer…
To view all Printers and Scanners available at Group Mobile, visit http://www.groupmobile.com/dept.asp/dept_id=49.

Mobile Computing Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads from Group Mobile!


Group Mobile is excited to offer exclusive shopping specials, just in time for Father’s Day and Graduation! The products featured in our specials make ideal gifts for students, business travelers, road warriors, and tablet users! 

Brother PocketJet Rugged Mobile Printers
Free Vehicle Charger!*


The Brother PocketJet 6 Plus ultra-portable printer is small, lightweight, durable and flexible. It is compatible with most PCs, laptops or palmtops running the Windows operating system. At barely over 10″ lo
ng and 1lb. in weight, the PocketJet 6 fits easily into your briefcase, computer bag, or can be quickly mounted in any vehicle or small work area.To learn more, configure, and order a Brother PocketJet 6 mobile printer, visit www.groupmobile.com/dept.asp/dept_id=481, or call 866-RUGGED8.

Simply mention this email or enter promo codefreecharger when you place an order on our website for a Brother PocketJet Printer and you will receive a FREE Vehicle Charger – A $19 value!
*Offer good through June 30, 2015

RAM Vehicle Computer Mounts  
Free USB Light!*

RAM mounting solutions are flexible and inexpensive. RAM Mounts offer a ball and joint design that allows the user greater flexibility in positioning the laptop along with greater shock absorption. The steel base and custom fit poles provide an easy-to-install solution and come with a lifetime warranty. RAM offers custom fit Vehicle Docking Stations for Panasonic Toughbooks, Getac, and General Dynamics Itronix as well as universal trays that fit any laptop or tablet. With RAM mounting solutions, you have the flexibility of custom mounting configurations to mount your laptop or tablet on a table, cart, pole, or anywhere you need a mobile workstation. To learn more, configure, and order a RAM Mount, visit www.groupmobile.com/brand.asp/mf_id=51/RAM+Mounts.html, or call 866-RUGGED8.


USB LightSimply mention this email or enter promo code LIGHT when you place an order on our website for a RAM Vehicle Mounting Solution and you will receive a FREE USB light!


*Offer good through June 30, 2015
fliTablet Stand
Save $10!** 

The fliTablet™ hands-free tablet floor stand securely holds the most popular, lightweight tablet computers, including the original iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, Kindle Fire, Nook, Galaxy, Nexus, and many other lightweight tablets. The fliTablet stand allows you to tilt and swivel your tablet, as well rotate it a full 360° to view your tablet in both portrait and landscape modes. The fliTablet floor stand is lightweight and easily portable. You can use the fliTablet while working at your desk, lounging on your sofa, or lying in bed. It also makes an incredible music stand!  To learn more, configure, and order a fliTablet, visit www.flitablet.com, or call 866-RUGGED8.
Simply mention this email or enter promo code flitablet10 when you place an order on our website. 

**Offer good while supplies last.

Group Mobile offers a variation of rugged mobile computing accessories including printers, scanners, computer mounts, and tablet stands to help improve worker productivity and efficiency on the go!


http://www.groupmobile.com/dept.asp/dept_id=10/Vehicle+Computer+Mount.htmlIn-Vehicle Computer Mounts

Group Mobile carries the top brands of vehicle computer mounts, including Gamber-JohnsonRAM Mounts, and Havis. There are also computer-specific cradles and docking stations available for many rugged computer brands and models. These cradles and docking stations offer a custom fit for your computer as well as port replication, with some offering antenna pass-through to increase wireless reception. 

Whether mounting your computer in your car, truck, van, or boat, Group Mobile has the mounting system you need. Visit the Group Mobile Vehicle Mount Store to find a mount to fit your vehicle, or fill out the Vehicle Computer Mount Questionnaire and one of our vehicle mount specialist will help you select a vehicle mounting system to fit you exact requirements.

http://www.groupmobile.com/product.asp/sku=1611/dept_id=49/Brother+PocketJet+6+Portable+Printer+-+200dpi.html

Rugged Mobile Printers and Scanners

Mobile printers and scanners are great rugged mobile computing accessories. They are extremely portable and can be mounted in a vehicles or carried in a small bag. 


One of Group Mobile’s most popular printer is the Brother PocketJet 6 Portable Printer which is designed to be lightweight, durable, and flexible. With print speeds up to 6ppm, fast throughput, and high quality prints, you’ll always be prepared to print on the go. It is compatible with most PCs, laptops or palmtops running the Windows operating system. At barely over 10″ long and 1lb. in weight, the PocketJet 6 fits easily into your briefcase, computer bag, or can be quickly mounted in any vehicle or small work area. Learn more about the Brother PocketJet 6…

Group Mobile carries several different brands and models of printers and scanners. To view our entire selection and learn more about the rugged mobile printers and scanners Group Mobile offers, visit www.groupmobile.com/dept.asp/dept_id=49

http://flitablet.com/Tablet Stands and Accessories
Save $10 on the fliTablet Hands-Free Tablet Floor Stand!*

Group Mobile is offering a $10 discount on each fliTablet you order so stock up today! Simply mention this blog oenter promo code flitablet10 when you place an order on our website. Discount will be taken when order is processed. To order, visit www.fliTablet.com

The fliTablet™ hands-free tablet floor stand securely holds the most popular, lightweight tablet computers, including the original iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, Kindle Fire, Nook, Galaxy, Nexus, and many other lightweight tablet computers.  The heavy base on the fliTablet ensures stability. The adjustable tablet holder secures your computer in place without scratching or damaging it. The fliTablet stand allows you to tilt and swivel your tablet, as well rotate it a full 360° to view your tablet in both portrait and landscape modes. The fliTablet floor stand is lightweight and easily portable. You can use the fliTablet while working at your desk, lounging on your sofa, or lying in bed. It also makes an incredible music stand!

To shop for accessories for your Applie iPhone and iPad products, as well as other commercial tablet accessories, visit www.groupmobile.com/dept.asp/dept_id=443.

Rugged Mobile Computing Accessories Offered at Group Mobile!

Group Mobile offers a variety of rugged mobile computing accessories including printers, scanners, computer mounts, and tablet stands to help improve worker productivity and efficiency on the go!


In-Vehicle Computer Mounts

Group Mobile offers a wide selection of in-vehicle computer mounting options. We carry the top brands, including Gamber-JohnsonRAM Mounts, and Havis. There are also computer-specific cradles and docking stations available for many rugged computer brands and models. These cradles and docking stations offer custom fit for your computer as well as port replication, with some offering antenna pass-through to increase wireless reception. 

Whether mounting your computer in your car, truck, van, or boat, Group Mobile has the mounting system you need. Visit the Group Mobile Vehicle Mount Store to find a mount to fit your vehicle, or fill out the Vehicle Computer Mount Questionnaire and one of our vehicle mount specialist will help you select a vehicle mounting system to fit you exact requirements.

Rugged Mobile Printers and Scanners

Mobile printers and scanners are great rugged mobile computing accessories. They are extremely portable and can be mounted in a vehicles or carried in a small bag. 


One of Group Mobile’s most popular printer is the Brother PocketJet 6 Portable Printer which is designed to be lightweight, durable, and flexible. With print speeds up to 6ppm, fast throughput, and high quality prints, you’ll always be prepared to print on the go. It is compatible with most PCs, laptops or palmtops running the Windows operating system. At barely over 10″ long and 1lb. in weight, the PocketJet 6 fits easily into your briefcase, computer bag, or can be quickly mounted in any vehicle or small work area. Learn more about the Brother PocketJet 6…

Group Mobile carries several different brands and models of printers and scanners. To view our entire selection and learn more about the rugged mobile printers and scanners Group Mobile offers, visit www.groupmobile.com/dept.asp/dept_id=49

Tablet Stands and Accessories
Save $10 on the fliTablet Hands-Free Tablet Floor Stand!*

Group Mobile is offering a $10 discount on each fliTablet you order so stock up today! Simply mention this blog oenter promo code flitablet10 when you place an order on our website. Discount will be taken when order is processed. To order, visit www.fliTablet.com. Offer ends July 30, 2014. 

The fliTablet™ hands-free tablet floor stand securely holds the most popular, lightweight tablet computers, including the original iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, Kindle Fire, Nook, Galaxy, Nexus, and many other lightweight tablet computers.  The heavy base on the fliTablet ensures stability. The adjustable tablet holder secures your computer in place without scratching or damaging it. The fliTablet stand allows you to tilt and swivel your tablet, as well rotate it a full 360° to view your tablet in both portrait and landscape modes. The fliTablet floor stand is lightweight and easily portable. You can use the fliTablet while working at your desk, lounging on your sofa, or lying in bed. It also makes an incredible music stand!

*Offer ends August 31, 2014. 

To shop for accessories for your Applie iPhone and iPad products, as well as other commercial tablet accessories, visit www.groupmobile.com/dept.asp/dept_id=443.