Maxatec launches new rugged 5-inch touchscreen PDAs

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Maxatec continues pushing the envelope of rugged mobile computing with the cutting edge Bluebird Pidion BM180 – the first large screen enterprise class PDA / Terminal  available in the UK. This extremely tough 5-inch touchscreen handheld is rated IP67 and MIL-STD810G, making it a true class leader.

This product gives business users all of the attractive benefits of the latest consumer grade handsets but in a truly ruggedised package, also surrounded with long-life managed service options essential for enterprise project financial planning.

The BM180 comes in a choice of two operating systems – Android 4.3 and Windows 8 Embedded – and is a natural extension to Maxatec's range of Bluebird mobile enterprise devices.

Equipped with an Eyelluminate display (considered to be one of the the best available screen for working indoors and outdoors); a fast and powerful, yet energy efficient 1.5 GHz dual-core processor; 8 megapixel forward facing main camera and a 1.3 megapixel operator facing camera; Assisted GPS; and a range of communication options. The latter include 3G, 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Data capture is also fully covered with barcode (1D and 2D) scanning, RFID, magnetic stripe and contactless card options.

Tom Abbott, Director Mobile Enterprise, Maxatec predicts a massive interest in this highly agile and rugged instrument. "The BM180 adds to our market-leading Bluebird Pidion stable of cost-effective mobile enterprise devices and is ideal for applications that require a bigger screen size but fall short of needing a tablet PC. It follows the superb design principles Bluebird products are fast becoming renowned for and incorporates the unique TankSmith™ technology, which is the last word in environmental sealing and ruggedness. Importantly, this is a cost-effective handheld that we believe is unrivalled in today's market offering, providing a great opportunity for our reseller partners," says Abbott.

Hot on the heels of the release of the new BM180, Maxatec will also be offering  the Bluebird Pidion BP30 rugged tablet, which also comes with the desirable 5-inch screen, high-performance features, IP rated IP67 and MIL-STD 810G.  Again, featuring a powerhouse, energy-efficient 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, this is one of the most rugged enterprise devices available and will be available with Android or Windows 8 Embedded. The integral rubber bumper case design, adds grip to the user supporting the Eyelluminate™ display making it easy to use in all kinds of environments. Like the BM180, a range of communications and data capture options are available.

"With the BP30 coming soon, our customers will be able to choose which 5-inch device is the best for their applications, whether they need a large screen ergonomic rugged handheld or the form factor of tablet PC. All our backed by our enviable warranty and service options available on all Maxatec products," concludes Abbott.
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Tel + 44 (0) 161 942 7850

About Maxatec

Established for over 40 years, Maxatec is an ISO 9001:2008 certified Value Added Supplier of Specialist IT Hardware, Software and Services to the Mobile Enterprise, AIDC and EPOS market sectors.

Maxatec supplies mobile computing devices from including Bluebird 'Pidion', CognitiveTPG, NCR, Datamax O'Neil, TSC, Sewoo, Hoeft & Wessel 'Skeye', Catchwell, Arbor and HandPoint.

The AIDC and specialist printer product set leads with CognitiveTPG receipt and barcode printers, TSC barcode printers, Sewoo and Datamax-O'Neil mobile receipt and label printers, and NCR terminals and kiosks. The company also offers a range of barcode scanners, touchscreen monitors, other peripheral devices, and own-branded products.

Maxatec also offers software, professional services, and a wide range of media, spare parts and in-house and on-site service capabilities. The Maxatec brand is synonymous with high standards of service as well as high performance, high quality products.


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