Itronix's hard and light laptop tumbles toward the UK

It's tough being the laptop of a road warrior: thudding across the boot round Slough roundabout, getting dropped in a Wolverhampton car park and being

It's tough being the laptop of a road warrior: thudding across the boot round Slough roundabout, getting dropped in a Wolverhampton car park and being splashed with coffee at Swindon services takes its toll.

Little surprise, then, that this new Itronix XR-1 is aimed at a wider audience than the US military who use it in frontline action for its water, dust and shockproof prowess. It's officially the lightest laptop Itronix has ever made, weighing in at a reasonable 3.1kg - not a great deal more than a modern Dell Inspiron or Latitude, though clearly no ultra portable.

The last Itronix machine to arrive at Stuff HQ was a tad sluggish, but this one looks nippy on paper, packing in a Core Duo 1.83GHz processor, 512MB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and an 80GB hard drive.

Bond-like features include a fingerprint scanner to keep your files top secret, a GSM SIM slot for sending information on enemy locations back to HQ and an optional built-in GPS chip so you can navigate your way across the Sahara (water not included). Battery life's a respectable 4-6 hours.

The machine's rugged credentials come courtesy of a magnesium alloy casing, coupled with bumpers for bashing and a bunch of sealed ports to stop sand grains and the like entering it. We'll give the XR-1 a brutal Stuff going-over when it arrives next month.

Essentials

Itronix XR-1

Price: £TBA

On sale:Late September, early October

Contact: Itronix

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