Motion Computing have today announced a major revamp of the C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant and the F5 Field Tool. I personally use a C5 for my day to day tableteering, so I’m quite excited about this update.
The C5v and F5v have retained the successful MCA form factor as well as the exceptional Hydis AFFS+ reflective and transflective display and the recently added super tough Corning Gorilla Glass.
Highlights of the revamp include:
- A choice between Intel Core i5 and i7 processors (battery life v performance)
- 4Gb DDR RAM
- Gobi 2000 global mobile broadband option with standalone GPS
- MIL 810G ruggedness certification (up from 810F)
- 30% better battery life, now up to 5 hours
- Hot swappable batteries (up to 5 minute runtime without a battery)
- Intel vPro™ for advanced remote management (even from a fully powered off state)
- New front facing webcam for video conferencing and an upgraded 3mp rear cam
- A USB port – sorely missed on the current C5 and F5
This revamp will massively increase performance over the Core 2 even on the i5 model thanks to the new front side bus and DDR 3 support. Unlike other MCAs and field slates that use Intel Atom processors, the C5 and F5 has enough power to replace a laptop or desktop.
What I personally like about the F5 is that it is very mobile, based around a 10.1” screen, but it still has the power to be my mobile office. When I’m in the office, I have it docked with an external screen and keyboard and I use it like a multi-display desktop.
The combination of a fully operating Windows 7, Office 2010 (especially OneNote and Outlook) makes the F5 more than just a companion device. It much smaller and lighter than most laptops, and you can just grab it and go without limitations… And that’s what I want from a full time slate computer!