Touted as “indestructible,” the newest tool promising to keep field service workers connected can withstand repeated six-foot drops and temperatures up to 140 degrees.  (Hey, plumbers: It’s waterproof, too.) Standing 6 inches tall and weighing in at 15.9 ounces, Intermec’s CN70’s Ultra-Rugged Mobile Computer sports a stout, waterproof design that combines wireless communications and data capture capabilities.  Priced between $2,300 and $3,200 apiece, however, the CN70 is clearly for bigger field organizations that can maximize all of that functionality.

Powered by Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld, and made by Intermec, one of the top manufacturers of barcode scanners and other industrial devices, the device is optimal for mobile field service and transportation workers who need power and performance in a compact form factor. A larger keypad design makes punching in figures easier for glove-wearing field service pros. The tool is one of four released last week by the manufacturer aimed at lightening the load for workers in the field.

As PCMag analyst Sascha Segan writes, “Anyone who has ever worked in a retail store, a warehouse, in a manufacturing plant or on a delivery route will recognize these tough little things. Generally made by Intermec or Motorola (which used to be Symbol), enterprise handhelds make much of American business thrum.”

Met with generally favorable reviews, this handheld boasts an exceptional battery life and full compatibility with a company’s external hardware. Advanced bar code imaging technology with motion tolerance allows for snappy scanning and and on-board diagnostics provide device health visibility and reduce downtime.

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