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Review: Intermec CK71 Mobile Computer

Intermec CK71Intermec CK71 FrontIntermec CK71 Side

Intermec's new line of rugged mobile computers have four models: CN70, CN70e, CK70 and CK71. The CK71 is best suited for the "inside the four walls" worker.

Intermec's target market is the industrial worker that would destroy a consumer grade mobile computer. No worries here, as these are designed for real life: they will withstand being submerged for 30 minutes, they will withstand multiple drops from 6 feet onto concrete, and the VGA screen is protected by Gorilla Glass.

The CK71 has all the toys that are now standard: colour touch screen, colour camera, accelerometer, Bluetooth and GPS. A nice touch is to add the 802.11n radio to the 802.11a/b/g group.

The scanner choices fit the manufacturing/warehouse market: 1D imager, 2D imager, and long range 2D imager.

The CK71 will replace the CK61 and some of the CK31 installs. The CK3 will remain as the warehouse mobile computer alternative at a lighter price than the CK71.

The CK71 is a bit bigger, a bit heavier and a bit more expensive. But if the CK71 fits your needs, then it is money well spent.

Ron Ford