Getac Desktop B360G2 

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This is a powerful rugged notebook designed for the sort of conditions that most notebooks would very soon give up. While I can tell you about the unit I was sent, the connections it has can very to suit the use you plan to have for it, so the actual price will tend to vary somewhat.

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It came with 32GB of RAM; it has an Intel 12th Gen i7 processor running at 2.1GHz. It has a 1GB SSD ‘C’ drive with 865GB of the 928GB free and a 1GB ‘D’ SSD with 953GB available. The Windows version is Windows 11 Pro 22H2 which is the latest available. Boot up was a reasonable 15 seconds, shutdown is around 10 seconds. In a provided program called G-Manager are a range of five power profiles that you are able to adjust to suit your working environments they are Default, Indoor, Power Saving, Field and Extreme.

So here are the external connections on the unit I was sent, all are behind water resistant covers that initially will be quite stiff to open. On the left side a pull out stylus both of the SSD drives and finally a Smart Card reader for extra security. The rear has USB ‘C’, USB3 Ethernet and HDMI, Serial Port, Display Port and finally mains charging connection. The right side has SIM Card slot, 3.5 port for headphones and USB3.

This is a touch screen unit that can be used in one of three modes one of the many things that you adjust in G-Manager, they are Finger, Glove or Stylus according to where you are using it, however it is still perfectly usable using the keyboard and trackpad.

Once both batteries were fully charged I set about using it without pause for a range of uses and four hours and 41 minutes of continuous use later the Battery Saver cut in as it was down to 20%. I continued working till a 10% reading on both batteries before I plugged into the mains and then I charged it. After 147 minutes it was fully charged again. I could have got longer by turning the default screen brightness setting down.

The unit is 34x26x3.5cm and weighs 2.4 kilos. The screen is 29x17cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 13½ inches. The display is HD 1920x1080 but the default setting is 150%.

The units keyboard is 88 keys with the alpha and numeric keys being full size. There are three further buttons behind the main keyboard. There is a 2.5cm border on the left and right of the keyboard 3.5cm clear behind apart the already mentioned three buttons and the 8cm area in front of the keyboard, the 9x5cm trackpad is mounted centrally in this area with the left and right buttons in front of this. On the border area in front are four LEDs to the left of the handle of the unit pulls out by a couple of centimetres, meaning even a heavily gloved hand can carry it comfortably.

For the actual extreme working conditions I refer you to Getac website link at the end. While I used it with keyboard/trackpad and finger on the screen apart from successful tests with stylus and glove that was the extent of their use.

I also connected the unit via Display Port and HDMI to an external panel without problems.

I can see this being used by someone working in various outdoor environments and also in places with or without mains power.

The Getac B360G2 is available direct from Getac and it can be built to your specifications. You can view more details about the Getac B360G2 on their web site. It's around £5.500

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