Chris J Powell

Windows 7 Rugged Tablet

So I woke up this morning thinking I would write a little about what it was like to be a bachelor for the past two days with my wife and daughter of visiting family in the Big Smoke but well…it would really really bore you as I did nothing but watch TV and go to bed early.  The Gourmet Grilled Cheese was good but well that would be the end of it.


So with not much going on in my personal life I ventured out into the Interwebs to locate an alternative to the Android and iOS tablets that have IT Leaders scratching their heads on how to incorporate these rogue OSes into their fragile ecosystems and low and behold I found a rock solid alternative..the rugged Motion Computing CL900!

The CL900 fits nicely into the world of the Enterprise as it runs Windows 7, comes with up to 2GB of RAM, has a 1.5 Ghz Atom Processor and sports a reported 8 hour battery life.


Sound good so far.  Full MilSpec and tough exterior will ensure the 10.1″ screen and 32 or 64GB SSD stay intact for all your business needs.

  • At 2.1 lbs (1), it’s small, light and very portable
  • The display supports both “Touch” and “Pen” input
  • 10.1” screen featuring HD 1366 X 768 resolution delivers bright visibility and the durability of Corning® Gorilla® Glass
  • Tested for real-world, field-ready conditions
    (MIL-STD-810G and IP52) (see list of cleaners/disinfectants)
  • Up to a full day of battery life using Intel‘s latest
    AtomZ670 (1.5 Ghz) processor running genuine Windows® 7 Professional or Home Premium (5)
  • Standard Solid State Drive (SSD) with 30GB or 62GB
  • On-board connectivity: USB, SD Slot, Audio In/Out, Video Out
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® wireless connectivity and optional WWAN mobile broadband (Gobi™ connectivity with GPS)
  • Integrated cameras: Rear facing 3.0 MP documentation camera and front facing 1.3 MP web camera
  • Docking Station with 3 USB ports and Ethernet connectivity
  • Optional TPM (Trusted Platform Module) provides customers with secure information management and enhanced business protection
  • One-year warranty protection – optional three-year
  • Natural pen/speech and touch input

The one problem is the price tag.  Boy did they miss the boat there.  With the iPad2 at around $600 for comparable storage, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 running at about $650 and new 7 inch tablets coming out real fast with sub $200 price points, the CL900 starts at $950 and with a pretty impressive list of upgrades and accessories (I did a quick configuration and included a Docking Station that brought the total price to $1498).

Now in the defense of the CL900 there has been more than one case of displaying an Excel Spreadsheet on either my iPad2 or Android Tablet that it left more than just a little to be desired.  It comes with full version of Windows7, which means if I can install it on a laptop or desktop…it can go on the CL900.   Is the premium worth the ease of maintenance?  Well for an IT Director who needs to ensure that data is safe, that general configurations and the Service Catalog is adhered to yes I would say that the CL900 could be a good alternative to diving into the consumer market.


Of all the challenges that I here from my clients, it is the struggle with consumer devices that has them most concerned and in some cases really do keep them up at night.  And across multiple industries, the CL900 does make a compelling argument for mobile computing.

Beyond the price though…the CL900 is well for a lack of better words…BUTT UGLY!  It is boxy, it does not share the sleek lines and “sexiness factor” shared with the iPad and most of the Android devices out there but there are a lot of compelling reasons that this would be a really solid tablet for business use.


Well my day today entails venturing off pick up my girls and have some R&R with them.  Enjoy your day everyone, if your week presented as many challenges as mine did…well then the weekend did not come soon enough for you either.




Chris J Powell

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