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Datalogic R Series 7

Compact vehicle mount computer
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer -- view PDF version)

Tailored for warehouse management and similar applications, the vehicle-mount Datalogic R Series, made for Datalogic by German DLoG, is designed to reduce errors in receiving, storing, retrieving and shipping. Add a handheld bar code scanner for additional data entry or location confirmations. The R Series comes in three models with different screen sizes and slightly different specifications. The R Series 7 model shown here is the smallest and lightest, suitable for forklifts and other applications where space is at a premium.

From a technical standpoint, the R Series vehicle mounts are Windows CE 5.0-based systems using the 520MHz version of the Marvell XScale PXA270 processor. There are 128MB or RAM and Flash ROM each. A PC Card Type II slot is available for expansion as long as no CF card is being used.

As the name implies, the R Series 7 uses a 7-inch display. It is a color TFT with wide-format 480 x 234 pixel resolution, a somehat unusual ratio best suited for custom applications. The display has a very bright 500 nits backlight and a resistive touch screen. Datalogic offers a variety of compact external keyboards.

As a vehicle mount system, the R Series 7 is designed to run on 24/48 Volt DC. It can handle fairly significant voltage sags (up to 5 Volts), but there is no internal backup battery.

For connectivity, the R Series 7 has two standard DB9 serial ports. Our review unit came with a full USB port as well as a mini-A and a mini-B USB port. For wireless networking connectivity, there is 802.11b/g WiFi.

The Datalogic R Series are extremely solid and rugged machines. Their fanless housings are made of solid aluminum, and the machines are designed specifically to handle the shock and vibration encountered in rigid suspension vehicles. The R Series is heavily sealed and can handle a wide 32 to 122 degree Fahrenheit operating temperature range. Note that an optional heater that allows operation down to -22 degrees Fahrenheit is not available for the Series 7 model.

A wide variety of mounting solutions are available for the R Series, including sun visor mounts, mounts for the optional barcode reader, swiveling brackets, and the uniquely versatile RAM Mount solutions.

For software development, there is the standard Windows CE SDK as well as Wavelink terminal emulation, and a variety of Datalogic and Wavelink utilities.

Added/last update Added July 2009
Form-factor Vehicle mount computer
CPU Speed Marvell XScale PXA270/520 MHz
OS Windows CE 5.0
Card slots 1 PC Card Type I/II (if CF Card not in use)
Display type Color TFT
Display size/res 7.0"/480 x 232 pixel, 500 nits backlight
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys 17 front keys
Navigation directional control, stylus, touch
Housing Aluminum outer case
Operating Temp 32 to 122F
Sealing IP65/66/67
Shock/Vibration Class 5M3 according to EN 60721-3-5 and US Highway Truck as MIL-STD 810F
Size (WxHxD) 9.0 x 6.2 x 3.3
Weight 5.5 pounds
Power 24/48 VDC, 36 W, galvanically isolated, voltage sags up to 5 VDC can be handled for up to 20 sec.
Interface 2 RS232, 2 USB 2.0 (2 host, or 1 host and 1 client), optional tethered and cordless scanners
Wireless 802.11b/g
List price Inquire
Contact www.mobile.datalogic.com
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