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Blickenstorfer — photography by Carol Cotton — view PDF version In June ofGetac announced yet another addition to its growing lineup of rugged tablet, handheld and notebook computers. The new Getac X is a large, full-featured ggetac laptop computer that combines the most desirable features of three other Getac products into one machine.

Specifically, Getac points out that the new machine offers the expandability and customization potential of the Getac A, the screen size and graphics emphasis of the Getac M, and the overall performance and flexibility of the Getac B So what does it all mean to potential customers, and what do you get with this new Getac model? In essence a modern, full-size, full-function multi-purpose rugged notebook computer with a large display and substantial expansion potential via an optional PCI or PCIe expansion unit that fits under the computer.

As of this writing, the Getac X has no direct competition from the other major rugged manufacturers. Getac X positioning To understand the importance of the Getac X, one needs to take a broader look at rugged notebook computers.

While at first sight they might be viewed as nothing more than more durable versions of standard gtac notebooks, there is much more to it than that. Yes, they can take substantially more abuse than consumer notebooks, and yes, they offer standard notebook computing performance and features. But their market is very different.

Consumer notebooks have very short production cycles and new models are usually getacc within a few months so as to fill consumers’ desire to always have something new. In sharp contrast, the priorities for rugged notebooks are longevity, reliability, continuity and compatibility. Rugged notebooks, which generally sell in much lower volumes, also cost much more than consumer versions and are therefore seen as investments rather than essentially inexpensively replaceable throw-away items.

All of this means that successful rugged notebook lines rarely change, and d500 they change, they are usually completely backward compatible with peripherals, mounting hardware, and certainly software and applications.

Technology, however, doesn’t stand still. Computer displays, in particular, have moved from the old 4: The change is almost universal, making remaining 4: Unfortunately, accommodating a wider screen means a different foot print, and a different foot print means incompatibility with at least some legacy mounting hardware and some peripherals.

With the full-size and completely modern X, Getac has now made that step into the future, breaking with the old The X has an extremely bright It benefits from general technology advances, has an attractive modern design, and for those who need it, c500 the expansion unit that provides access to conventional full-size expansion cards. Its availability means that special purpose functionality that is simply not available in standard notebooks can easily be integrated into the Getac X Design and construction The Getac Tetac follows the company’s established notebook design language that includes a magnesium-alloy housing, a matte black and gun-metal gray color scheme, and plenty of visible mechanical detail that all combine for a purposeful but elegant no-nonsense look.

The Getac X exudes a “tool for tough jobs” look, but pulls it off looking classy and elegant, and not just industrial. Below you can see the unit from the top and all four sides: Those familiar with Getac’s line of rugged notebook computers will see a strong resemblance with other models in the lineup. At first sight, for example, the Getac S and X appear to look the same. But put them side by side and it instantly becomes obvious that they are not.

With the S, Getac’s designers did a masterful job in giving that machine a tough look that strongly invokes the company’s fully rugged models. There has to be, and there is. While the S looks like it’s all magnesium but is actually plastic, the X is all magnesium. While the S’s protective covers are plastic and push in, the X’s snap into place with an internal lever locking system.


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Experts will instantly notice another difference: So they added a small fan in the rear right corner of the computer.

The way it all works is that part of the heat generated by the processor is passed into a metal heat spreader that’s attached to the rear plate, which thus also acts as a heat sink. The other s500 is moved away via dual copper heat pipes to an air-cooled radiator next to the s500 fan, which is actually outside of the computer’s sealed inner housing. Below you can see the X with its metal bottom geatc removed. The plate is secured to the housing with about two dozen Philips screws.

The plate is sealed against the body of the computer with a standard rubber O-ring that can be replaced. Note that you don’t have to remove the whole bottom plate to gain access to the memory card slots or the mini-PCIe slot reserved for 3G wireless add-on functionality. For that, there are two removable service doors in the back cover. Both are tetac in place with small Philips screws, and both have a pressure gasket seal.

The X’s motherboard has a As one would expect, the board, while complex, is neat and clean, without any fixes or wire jumpers. And the x50 for all the peripheral functionality are clearly marked: It’s a 20 channel design capable of 10 meter accuracy 5 meters WAAS-enabled and impressed us with quick fix and the ability to detect satellites even while inside our office.

The hard disk caddy see image to the right is a well thought-out design consisting of a metal outer housing padded inside to further isolate the disk from harm. It sits behind a sealed, lockable protective door and can easily be removed should the bay be required for another purpose.

The battery is a powerful You can’t see the charge meter when the battery is installed in getqc unit, but it comes gettac handy when you carry spare batteries around. The battery can be removed if the unit s500 plugged in, but it is not hot-swappable.

As a full-size ultra-rugged notebook, the X comes with a full complement of ports, all of which are protected either by hinged doors and plugs. The pictures below right show the left and the right side of the X with all of its doors open. On the left side of the unit top picture are, from left to right, two USB 2.

On the right side of the unit getad picture are, again from left to right, the battery compartment and the hard drive compartment. Both are protected by hinged doors that use a gehac mechanical double-locking mechanism where you first move a small lever to unlock the main lever. Then you move a larger lever to fully release the door.

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Both levers go hard and it fetac unlikely that they’ll ever open by accident. Most of the X’s connectivity is located along its backside. From left to right are a grille for the unit’s fan; above it a Kensington hardware lock slot; the power connector; a USB 2. There are also two D-rings that can be used for a carry strap.

All of the backside ports are protected by hinged and sealed plastic doors with locking mechanisms. Each is individually screwed onto the body, making replacement very easy. The front of the unit does not have any connectors or ports other than two speakers to the left and right of the large, impressive looking magnesium handle that is part of the system side of the computer.

There are, however, seven indicator lights built into the right front top of the system case. They are invisible when they are off. When on, they can be seen even with the LCD case closed. The seven lights show the status of power, AC power, battery, wireless, hard disk, num lock and caps lock. The X’s key membrane keyboard is, of course, full-scale. It has black keys with white labels. Special keyboard functions such as brightness, volume, radios, etc. Below the keyboard is a large and slightly recessed so you can feel its boundaries in the dark resistive touchpad and two mouse buttons.


Resistive touchpad technology has its pros and cons. On the plus side, it’s impervious to wetness and can be used with a finger, a stylus or even with gloves on the X’s touchpad is large enough gerac be used with gloves. On the minus side, resistive touchpads require a firm touch; just gliding over them like on a smartphone won’t do.

The keyboard has a red LED backlight that can be toggled on and off via a function-key combination. It’s pleasant and clearly illuminates the gdtac in semi and getwc darkness. As we’ve observed on other Getac models that use this sort of keyboard backlighting, there is a potential problem when viewing the keys from an angle as the red illumination peeks out between keys and can overwhelm the actual illumination of the key. Above the keyboard are five hardware pushbuttons. From left to right, they are: Power High-Bright button turns display to full 1, nit power ECO button for engaging power conservation mode under battery power P1 programmable function button P2 programmable function button P3 programmable function button Having hardware buttons to toggle between normal brightness and super-bright comes in very handy.

It’s much quicker than fumbling with menus. On the other hand, while Getac uses this hardware button arrangement on all of its newer models, it’s different on each line for no apparent reason.

Performance Getac probably had an easier time deciding what sort of performance to give its top-of-the-line X than was the case with the company’s mid-level and economy models.

That’s a because big performance is expected from a marquee model, getca b because battery life probably matters a little less in a big pound machine that will likely be used in vehicles and on desks than in a smaller and more portable design that field personnel carries around.

As a result, Getac went with a high-end Intel Core i7 processor. tetac

And not with one of the throttled low or ultra-low voltage models, but with a standard voltage version rated at a thermal design power of a full 35 watts. The picture to the right shows the guts of the Intel Core i7 processor with its integrated graphics core and companion chip. The chip has embedded status, which means Intel will make it for years to come. As stated earlier, the choice of this powerful chip necessitated a small but pretty noticeable and often intrusive fan—one of the costs of the extra power.

In order to get a sense of where the X’s performance level stands compared to its stable mates and its major competitors, we installed Passmark Software’s PerformanceTest 6. We also ran our second benchmark x5500, CrystalMark.

The results are below. The Getac X is the fastest machine in this lineup, and it is the overall fastest rugged mobile computer we have getav to-date. The X’s benchmark performance was helped by the very high score of its Intel solid state disk.

If you compare the results from the two benchmark suites, you’ll note that they don’t necessarily agree in every respect. That’s because different benchmark suites use different methods for testing. You’ll also note that the sole machine using one of the older Intel Core 2 Duo processors scores very high in CPU processing in one benchmark and much lower in gdtac other. We suspect that’s s500 PassMark seems to measure by thread whereas CrystalMark seems to exercise whatever CPU resources are available running the PassMark CPU benchmark with four processes instead of the 1-process default more than doubled the X’s PassMark processor sub-score to 2,