DAP Technologies announced a compact, rugged handheld computer that runs either Windows CE 6.0 or Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5. The M1000 offers a 2.8-inch touchscreen, a 12-key numeric keypad, 1D/2D scanning, and an optional GPRS/GSM cellular module, the company says.

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DAP says its new M1000 — aimed at the expected retail and warehouse environments — features data capture technology that’s usually found only in larger devices. At 5.7 x 2.4 x 1 inches (144 x 62 x 25mm) and 8.2 oz. (232 grams), it’s around the size of a mobile phone, yet IP65-rated sealing protects it against dust and water. (The device is also claimed to survive four-foot drips to concrete and at least 2000 one-meter tumbles.)

According to DAP, the M1000 has short-range 1D and 2D barcode scanning capabilities, supplemented with a vibration motor that lets the user know when a good scan has been achieved. It includes three barcode scanning triggers as well as four programmable function keys, the company says.

DAP’s M1000 comes with Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 (left) or Windows CE 6.0 (right)
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Offered with either Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 (above left) or Windows CE 6.0 (above right), the M1000 has a 624MHz Marvell PXA310 processor, 128MB of RAM, and 256MB of flash storage. A microSD slot allows adding as much as 32GB more storage, and there’s a SIM slot to support the optional GPRS/GSM voice/data cellular module, DAP adds.

The M1000 further features a 2.8-inch QVGA (320 x 240 pixel) resistive touchscreen, with a 350-nit brightness rating. Also offered are 802.11b/g wireless networking, Bluetooth 2.0, plus a connector for an optional dock. The latter provides a 5VDC power input and a USB host/client port, according to DAP.

According to DAP, the M1000 is offered with a standard 1,840mAh battery or an extended 2,760mAh version, though we did not see claims as to how long they last. Operating temperature is said to range from -4 to 122 deg. F.

Khalid Kidari, DAP’s director of product management and marketing, stated, “With our new M1000 we’re addressing a need for users — particularly in retail and warehouse environments — to have full data-capture functionality in a computer that’s sized for comfortable use by a variety of users. In addition to reducing user strain, its compact form factor also makes it a discrete choice for storefront retail use.”

Specifications listed by DAP for the M1000 include:

* Processor — Marvell PXA310 clocked at 624MHz
* Memory — 128MB of RAM and 256MB of flash
* Display — 2.8-inch display with resistive touch, 320 x 240 pixel resolution, and 350-nit brightness rating
* Expansion — microSD slot
* Scanning — 1D/2D (short range)
* Networking:
o WLAN — 802.11b/g
o PAN — Bluetooth 2.0
o WWAN — GPRS/GSM (optional)
* Other I/O:
o 2.5mm headset jack
o docking connector
o USB host/client (via dock)
o 5VDC (via dock)
* Battery — 1,840mAH li-ion (standard), 2,760mAh (optional)
* Operating range — -4 to 122 deg. F
* Dimensions — 5.7 x 2.4 x 1 inches (144 x 62 x 25mm)
* Weight — 8.2 oz. (232 grams)

Further information

DAP did not cite pricing or availability information, but the M1000 appears to be available now. More information may be found on the M1000 product page.