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DAP Technologies Introduces the M4000 Mobile Handheld Rugged Computer

Rugged, powerful and lightweight, DAP Technologies’ newest M4000 series handheld computer has the additional advantage of being modular, allowing customers to choose the technology they need now and easily upgrade as needs change.

Built on a Windows® CE operating system, sealed to IP65 and engineered to withstand multiple 1.5 meter (5 foot) drops, the M4000 is ideally suited to the specific requirements of warehouse environments.

With 128 MB SDRAM and 1 GB flash ROM standard, DAP’s newest offering provides ample memory for storing data locally, while communications options include GPRS and Summit Radio wireless LAN 802.11b/g. It also has a user-accessible, expandable SD slot.

The M4000 series offers a 3.5” 256K color LCD touch screen with LED backlighting and a choice between an alpha-numeric (M4010 model) or alphabetical (M4020 model) keyboard. Customers are not locked into their decision as keyboards can be swapped as future needs change.

The same modularity is true of the optional 1D laser or 2D imager scanners, which can be easily upgraded as technology advances. Customers can also choose standard or high-capacity Li-ion battery packs, and optional GPS or RFID functionality.

“Many of today’s companies are still using paper-based systems to manage inventory, shipments and fleets,” said Khalid Kidari, director of product management and marketing for DAP Technologies. “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, without locking into technology that has a limited lifespan.”

DAP’s voice-ready M4000 series handhelds features four programmable function keys and four scanner trigger buttons—two each on the left and right sides—which ergonomically fit the user rather than the user needing to adapt to the device. It also can be equipped with a removable pistol grip or vehicle-mounted.

The rugged M4000 series is 7.5 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches (193 x 91 x 42 mm) and weighs a little over a pound (595 g). It runs on a Marvell® PXA270 520MHz processor.

“The modularity of DAP’s M4000 means that customers not only have choices at the time of purchase, they can swap out elements like the type of keyboard, RFID readers or scanners as their needs change or technology advances,” said Eric Miller, vice president of DAP Technologies. “Customers aren’t locked into their original decisions by cost-prohibitive upgrades. That’s true future-proofing, and we’re offering it on a competitively priced computer.”

Earlier this year, DAP released its M2000 series, a smaller handheld computer with similar functionality, modularity and ruggedness. The M2000 and M4000 series computers are intended to complement one another in warehouse environments.

About DAP Technologies
DAP Technologies has offices in Tempe, Ariz.; Quebec City; and Abingdon, U.K., and designs and manufactures rugged PDA, handheld and mobile computers for demanding industries and harsh environments. DAP’s computers improve data collection, processing and transmission in numerous industries, including utilities, field service, identity management, transportation and logistics. DAP Technologies recently consolidated the Duros and DAP product lines under the DAP brand. Now DAP has been expanded to include a full range of rugged computers from mobile handhelds to fixed-mount solutions. For more information, visit www.daptech.com.

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