The newest netbook on the market is furnished in true OLPC style. It’s the hardiest machine we’ve encountered yet, with a contender being the relatively unknown CTL 2go PC netbook of last year. Take a look at the new Trimble Yuma tablet netbook, designed for the harshest of environments:
As we reported recently, manufacturers are taking note of midsize firms’ need for rugged machines and are delivering accordingly. Netbooks are filling that gap nicely due to their low cost, and the 2.6 pound Trimble Yuma is the result.
The Yuma tablet netbook can be submerged in 1 meter of water without sustaining damage. It earned Ingress Protection Ratings of six for dust damage and seven for water.
The netbook can do some hard work itself, too. It is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom, and comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, “dual digital cameras”, and slots for SDIO and an ExpressCard. You only get 32 GB of storage, but for an SSD that’s quite a bit. Moving parts on hardy machines are looked down upon, thus the need for the solid state drive.
Additionally, you can read off the 7-inch screen in direct sunlight. No OS has been specified for the Trimble Yuma thus far, though the pictures suggest Vista. Will it be well-powered enough to run the OS?
Personally, I’d imagine a Linux OS or XP would be a better choice – most netbooks simply can’t handle Vista. On the other hand, if the Yuma works it works, and if it makes it to the industries it’s designed for that’s what it’s going to need to do.
There’s no word on pricing or availability just yet, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled.