We mentioned the upcoming Hummer-branded laptops by Itronix last week which, like its namesake, is designed to be tough and macho—thus compensating any and all shortcomings its owner may have. Well, now the Hummers have been officially introduced along with the GoBook VR-1, which is more or less the same thing but without the special Hummer branding.
As mentioned, the semi-rugged laptops will be built for durability with magnesium alloy casings, shock mounted hard drives, and spill-resistant keyboards. Itronix laptops are traditionally for industrial and military use, but the Hummer-branded version will be primarily targeted toward consumers, though it'll probably also find fans from police enforcement, firefighters, construction workers and fashionistas.
The specs on the two versions are about the same: 5.6 lbs, optional dock, 1.86GHz Intel Centrino Pentium processor, a 12.1-inch color display, auto-adjusting LCD screen, front loading battery, optional handle and strap, full cooling fan, WiFi, wireless broadband (GPRS/EDGE, CDMA), GPS, and a removable hard drive (up to 80GB on both). However, the Itronix has a few more advanced features like a fingerprint scanner and smartcard reader, and two external antenna SMA connectors (one for WLAN and for WWAN).
The Hummer version comes in three colors (Yellow, Victory Red, and Pewter Metallic), and can support up to 1.5GB of DDRII DRAM. The VR-1, while not as fancy, can fit up to 2GB of DDRII DRAM. The base unit of the Hummer model will sell for $2,988, whereas the base unit of the VR-1 will sell for $3,329. Both will be available in November.