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Tools of the Trade: June 2022

By Michael Castelluccio
June 1, 2022

1. GETAC F110

The Getac F110 is a rugged tablet designed for extreme conditions and environments. It has the capability of an enterprise-grade computer with an 11.6″ touchscreen and an 11th generation Intel Core i7 Processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics. Connectivity includes Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, a Thunderbolt 4 Type-C slot, an optional SIM slot, and for GPS, WWAN, and WLAN, a radio-frequency antenna pass-through. The lightweight chassis has a MIL-STD-810H military-grade certification with temperature tolerances from -20°F to 145°F and IP66 rating for resistance to dust and water. The operating system is Windows 10 Pro and 11 Pro, and memory includes 8GB to 32GB and from 256GB to 2TB NVMe SSD onboard storage. The 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera has a privacy shutter. The ports include a USB 3.2 Gen slot along with the Thunderbolt 4. An accompanying capacitive stylus has a tether for attaching to the case, and there’s an optional detachable keyboard. The tablet measures 12.4″ 5 8.15″ 5 0.98″ and weighs 3.35 lbs. There’s a three-year warranty against accidental damage. www.getac.com

 

2. Samsung T7 Shield SSD

The high-capacity Samsung T7 Shield SSD external drives feature speed, up to 2TB of storage, and durability that can withstand drops of three meters—almost 10 ft. The construction and shock-resistant rubberized case have won an IP65 rating against water and dust, and at 2.3″ 5 3.5″ 5 0.5″ it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. It’s available with the USB 3.2 interface transfer speeds up to 1,050MB per second for sequential reads and up to 1,000MB per second for sequential write. Its encryption is AES 256-bit hardware coding, and the software is Samsung Portable SSD 1.0. The T7 SSD is available in three colors—black, blue, and beige—and the drive weighs only 3.47 oz. The cables included with the drive are USB Type C-to-C and C-to-A. www.samsung.com

 

3. LOGITECH LIFT VERTICAL MOUSE

The Logitech Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse solves three problems with standard mice. The shape turns your hand sideways at a 57° angle to relieve stress on your wrist while improving upright posture. Unlike its mate, the MX Ergonomic Vertical, it’s made specifically for small or medium-sized hands, and there’s a model for left-handed users. Apart from these unique features, the mouse also has the engineering and finish typical of the advanced Logitech mice. It’s wireless, offering Bluetooth connectivity and a Logi Bolt USB receiver. You can change settings on the buttons for functions like mic mute and voice-to-text, and the single AA battery can last up to two years. It’s available in rose, graphite, and pale gray, and it’s Windows, Mac, iPad OS, Chrome, Android, and Linux compatible. www.logitech.com

 

4. SANDISK EXTREME PRO FLASH DRIVE

For portable storage when you don’t want to carry an external SSD drive, the SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.2 flash drive has both capacity and speed in a small format. It offers up to 1TB storage space with read speeds that can transfer a full-length 4K movie to the drive in less than 15 seconds or transfer 1,000 photos in less than 25 seconds. It has built-in security with password protection enabled by the SanDisk SecureAccess feature, and there’s RescuePRO data recovery software you can download to recover accidentally deleted files. The case is made of aluminum for greater durability. www.sandisk.com

 

Michael Castelluccio has been the technology editor for Strategic Finance for 26 years. His SF TechNotes blog is in its 23rd year. You can contact Mike at mcastelluccio@imanet.org.


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