Handheld computer features changeable keyboard

by Array

TEMPE, Arizona: DAP Technologies’ new M4000 series handheld computer allows customers to swap the keyboard as needs change, the company says.

The series offers a choice between an alpha-numeric (M4010 model) or alphabetical (M4020 model) keyboard, as well as a 3.5-inch, 256K, colour LCD touch screen with LED backlighting.

The computer is built on a Windows CE operating system and engineered to withstand multiple 1.5-metre drops. With 128 MB SDRAM and 1 GB flash ROM standard, the device has enough capacity to store data locally. Communications options include GPRS and Summit Radio wireless LAN 802.11b/g. The series features an expandable SD slot.

“Many of today’s companies are still using paper-based systems to manage inventory, shipments and fleets,” said Khalid Kidari, DAP’s director of product management and marketing. “DAP’s M4000 series rugged computers give those companies the opportunity to make the transition to a more efficient, computer-based system that reduces human error and boosts productivity.”

The series features four programmable function keys and four scanner trigger buttons—two each on the left and right sides. The device can be vehicle-mounted, or equipped with a removable pistol grip.