Fort Stewart replenishes rugged portables

The Army's 3rd Infantry Division has bought 2,200 rugged notebook PCs to replace units worn out or broken during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Itronix Corp. won the initial contract to supply the notebooks in a deal worth about $11 million. The Spokane, Wash., company will deliver its rugged GoBook II computers to infantry division headquarters at Fort Stewart, Ga., said Vincent Menzione, public-sector vice president for Itronix.

Soldiers will use the rugged notebooks for general applications such as e-mail, as well as for specialized, classified programs, Menzione said.

The GoBook II is ruggedized notebook for use in extreme conditions. At 7.9 pounds, it is waterproof and can operate in temperatures from 10 below zero to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the company. The units also are hardened against shock and vibration.

Click here for a GCN Lab review of GoBook II.

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