Motorola ML 900|
Versatile, rugged notebook for rigorous demands
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)
There aren't many fields Motorola isn't in, yet there are not many people
who know the Motorola ML 900 ruggedizd mobile notebook computer. That's
because Motorola primarily sells the device as part of comprensive solutions to
vertical markets such as fire, law enforcement, ENS, military, utility and
public services. For example, the City of Detroit's Events Management
Solution that was used in Superbowl XL includes the ruggedized ML 900 for
viewing of streaming video.
The computer measures 11.7 x 9.4 x 1.8 inches,
weighs 9 pounds and features a rugged look similar to the equivalent
offerings of Panasonic and Itronix. From a technology standpoint, the ML 900
is competent, but not state-of-the-art. Processing power comes from a 1.7
GHz Pentium 4-M, standard memory is 256mb, upgradeable to a gigabyte. You
can get a 12.1" transflective display or a 13.3" transmissive one, both with
The 40GB hard drive is shock-mounted, of course, and the ML 900 has a
drive bay that can accomodate a variety of optical drives. The keyboard is
backlit and fully sealed. An onboard digital video recorder and fingerprint
scanner add versatility and security.
The machine supports of to four
different radios simultaneously (WLAN, GPS, PAN and WiFi). Thermal solution
management, heated hard drive, hot docking and automatic antenna switching
all add to the appeal of this rugged machine.