ShieldPRO N22G: NEC Shows Super-Ruggedized Notebook

All these ruggedized computers available on the market out there aren’t tough enough for you? Then you might want to take a look at the ShieldPRO N22G that NEC announced [JP] today for the Japanese market. It’s essentially a Windows notebook, but specifically designed for use in severe environments.

According to NEC, temperatures from -20 to 50 degrees Celsisus, dust or sand (“complete protection”), falls from 90cm onto concrete, or water ( projected by a 6.3mm nozzle) aren’t a problem. For use in extreme situations, the company promises 12 hours of battery life.

Spec-wise, buyers can expect a 12.1-inch touchscreen (back-lit LCD with 1,024×768 resolution), a dual core i7-660UE CPU (1.33GHz), 4GB memory, an Intel QM57 chip set, SD card/Memory Stick Duo slots, three USB ports, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet and a dual language (English/Japanese) keyboard.

The ShieldPRO N22G is sized at 290×255×47mm, weighs 2.7kg, and will be sold with an open price model (depending if you choose XP or Windows 7, on how big of an HDD or SSD you need, and other extras). No word yet on an international release, but the previous model, the N22A, actually did make its way outside Japan.