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Twinhead Durabook D14RI

Competent, semi-rugged notebook at a low price
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Twinhead's Durabook D14RI, introduced in the summer of 2006, offers a new enhanced rugged design in the popular Durabook 14" format. While the original N14RI has a classic black case, the new D14RI has a sleek silver casing with four black bumpers surrounding the edges of the machine, providing greater protection for the notebook and increased drop-resistance. As its predecessor, the new D14RI combines state-of-the-art technology with common sense rugged design features. You can get the machine with a Pentium M 740 or better, or a Centrino 350 or better, and RAM is up to 2GB.

The D14RI uses a magnesium ally case that's 20 times stronger than the commonly used ABS plastic. A spill-resistant keyboard and additional sealing protect against common accidents. Anti-shock material protects the hard drive and other components from the effects of an occasional drop. Unlike the D13RI, the D14RI uses a standard format 1024x768 XGA 14-inch display. Pricing starts at an astonishingly low US$999.

Specifications
Processor Intel Pentium M 740 and higher or Celeron M 350 and higher
CPU Speed depends on processor model
Chip set North Bridge: Intel 915GM Express, South Bridge: Intel ICH6-M
Standard/Max RAM 256-2048MB DDR II SODIMM
Disk/drive Shock-mounted 40 to 80 PATA 100 HD + optical drive (DVD/CDRW or DVD Dual)
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II
Display type Transmissive TFT
Display size/res 14.1"/1024 x 768 XGA
Digitizer/pens none
Keyboard/scale 85(US) Keys with spill resistant keyboard
Housing Magnesium alloy
Operating Temp NA
Sealing "spill resistant"
Shock 26 x 29 inch drop to plywood over concrete
Size (WxHxD) 12.3 x 10.0 x 1.4
Weight 6.0-6.2 pounds depending on battery
Power 4,400 or 6,000mAHr Li-Ion ("3.5 or 5.0 hrs.")
Interface 2 USB 2.0, VGA, RJ11, RJ45 (gigabit)
Interface Audio, RS232, DC
Wireless WL-2200BG (802.11 b/g)
List price from US$999
Contact www.twinhead.com
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