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Motion Computing Announces The J3400 Rugged Slate Tablet PC



J_angle_lft I teased everyone last week about testing Motion Computing’s newest Tablet PC, and today they have lifted the veil by announcing the   J3400 Rugged Slate Tablet PC.   It is rugged, light weight, and features a black exterior with rounded corners and a non-slip Elastomer overmolded back casing that cushions against shocks.   Prices start at $2299 with an array of pricing configurations.

Be sure to watch our InkShow videos on the J3400 ( part 1 and part 2), gobs of pictures, as well as other upcoming exclusive coverage.

Press release and specs after the break:

J_angle_rt_alt_loSpecs and Features:

  • 1.2 ghz SU9300 / 1.4 ghz SU9400 Intel Processor
  • Support for up to 4 GB of ram
  • 80 GB and 120 GB 5400 rpm HDD. 64 GB SSD available
  • 12.1” 1280 x 800 WXGA ( with or without View Anywhere)
  • 2 USB ports
  • External VGA
  • Dual Hot Swappable batteries
  • Express Card slot / Smart Card Reader
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Integrated 2.0 mega pixel camera with flash, 1600 x 1200 pixels
  • integrated shoulder strap attach points
  • Wacom Active Digitizer. Sadly, this model is not touch-enabled, but my contacts at Motion tell me a touch version is on the drawing board.
  • IP52 and MIL-STD-810F rated, able to withstand a 3 foot drop on plywood over concrete
  • Weight: 3.6 lbs with one battery, 4.0 lbs with two battery
  • Dimensions: 12.7″ x 9.09″ x 0.90″ (323mm x 231mm x 23mm)
  • Battery life: around 3.5 hours on 1 battery, around 7.4 hours on 2 batteries
  • Shock mounted display and HDD. SDD is optional
  • Speak Anywhere that utilizes two of three integrated microphones
  • Optional GPS
  • Optional Gobi (SIM card support underneath battery)
  • Optional redesigned convertible Mobile Keyboard ($149)
  • Optional redesigned Flex Dock docking station ($299)

Durability testing: • 3-foot drop test compliant to MIL-STD-810F
• IP52 rated
– Water, dust and splash resistant
• Shock-mounted display and hard drive
• Chemically strengthened glass
• Rubberized coated bottom housing for shock dampening
• Magnesium-alloy internal frame

Official press release:

j3400_backAUSTIN, TX — March 16, 2009 — Motion Computing ®, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications, today announced the latest in its line of rugged tablet PCs. Maximizing performance and flexibility, the J3400’s lightweight package, superior ergonomics and integrated features allow it to adapt easily to a broad range of demanding work environments. Ideal for mobile workers that compute while walking or standing, the J3400 extends the computing day with a dual battery design and shines with an industry-leading, bright outdoor display.

““The J3400 was developed based on more than seven years of tablet PC experience, and feedback from customers across industries,” said David Altounian, president and CEO, Motion Computing. ““It is a mobile computing device with the capabilities our customers are demanding — a powerful processor with a compact rugged design that supports users who must be productive whether in the field or in the office.”

The J3400 joins Motion’s family of proven tablet PCs that meet the needs of mobile users across a variety of markets including healthcare, construction, field sales and service and government. Balancing performance, weight, durability and integrated features, Motion tablets have significantly enhanced mobile productivity by enabling users to take technology directly to the point of service.

““Motion is recognized for innovative solutions that can improve productivity with the ability to take technology to the point of service,” said Brian Tucker, business marketing manager, Mobile Platforms Group, Intel Corporation. ““Intel’s Centrino 2 processor technology is the backbone in many thin and light concepts like the J3400’s innovative design with long battery life.”

J_keybd_tablet_angle_m Cianbro, a construction and service solutions provider, has significantly improved job site productivity with the use of Motion tablet PCs. The company plans to deploy the J3400s at Destiny USA, a first-class destination being built to operate 100 percent free of fossil fuels.

““At Cianbro, we’re excited about the advancements Motion has made with the J3400. The new features fit in well with our mobile computing needs,” said David Fay, Cianbro’s job site technology manager. ““The bright screen, ruggedness and integrated camera will help us further improve productivity as we work to enable innovation in the construction industry through advanced technology.”

Rugged, Lightweight and Ergonomic Equal All Day Computing

Motion’s J3400 offers all of the durability and functionality of a rugged PC, without the extra weight and price associated with traditional fully rugged devices. The tablet PC features a hot-swappable dual battery feature for all day computing performance. Additionally, with its balanced design, integrated shoulder strap attach points, rounded corners and slip-free grip surface, it is easily carried throughout the day.

Motion’s unique design and internal frame that protects internal components without adding weight or thickness allows for the J3400’s rugged design and light weight. The tablet PC is IP-52 rated and meets MIL-STD-810F specifications — able to withstand a three-foot drop on plywood over concrete as well as the occasional bumps, dust and moisture associated with mobile working environments. A variety of features create a reliable, rugged device:

· 1.8 inch hard disk drive (HDD) that provides extra shock protection

· Shock-mounted display and HDD with DataGuardâ„¢, an accelerometer that protects data during drops or other events that could potentially damage the hard drive

· Optional low cost 64GB SSD for extreme shock and vibration protection

Integrated Features and Custom Peripherals Optimize Usability

J_dock_tablet_front_m The J3400’s available integrated features improve field productivity while reducing the number of devices that must be carried, while a host of custom-designed peripherals optimize usability:

· 2.0 megapixel camera for seamless, in-the-field documentation

· Smart card reader and biometric fingerprint reader for enhanced security

· GPS for real-time mapping, location tracking or the geo-tagging of digital photos

· FlexDock with full input/output connections, a convenient charging bay and mounting compatibility with any VESA device

· J-Series Work Anywhereâ„¢ kit to give users a comfortable option for carrying the device throughout the workday

Improving Mobile Productivity with the Latest Technologies

The J3400 is available with a variety of technologies that improve productivity, whether computing indoors or out. It is the first tablet PC to combine Motion’s View Anywhere ® technology with the Hydis AFFS+ wide screen display, creating an industry-leading, bright outdoor viewing experience. Other available features include:

· Intel ® Centrino ® 2 processor technology, which includes the Intel ® Coreâ„¢2 Duo processor to provide high performance and optimal battery life

· Speak Anywhere ® technology that intelligently switches between two of three microphones for high-fidelity voice and sound input

· Intel ® WiFi Link 5300 Series 802.11 a/b/g/draft-n, CSR BlueCoreâ„¢ Bluetooth ® 2.1, and integrated Gobiâ„¢ mobile broadband for a variety of communications options

Pricing and Availability

Motion tablet PCs are sold by authorized Motion resellers and distributors worldwide. For more information or to find a certified Motion reseller visit



  1. Joe

    03/15/2009 at 10:20 pm

    Dimensions? Weight?

  2. Rob Bushway

    03/15/2009 at 10:38 pm

    working on getting that info…

  3. Rob Bushway

    03/15/2009 at 10:42 pm

    # Weight: 3.6 lbs with one battery, 4.0 lbs with two battery
    # Dimensions: 12.7″ x 9.09″ x 0.90″ (323mm x 231mm x 23mm)

  4. Joe

    03/15/2009 at 10:46 pm

    Awesome, thanks. Won’t be replacing my XT currently with it, but it looks really great, just too expensive for my needs.

  5. Eve

    03/16/2009 at 5:57 am

    Definitely on my wish list – can’t wait to see you guys abuse this thing.

  6. jason

    03/16/2009 at 9:25 am

    Rob, is this considered a follow-up to the L1700 or is there another model coming down the line?

  7. Rob Bushway

    03/16/2009 at 9:30 am

    this is not considered a replacement / upgrade to the LE1700. This is a totally different product offering. Notice on the motion site that both the LE1700 and the J3400 are being offered – both to different target markets. I have not received word on when an upgrade to the LE1700 is coming.

  8. jason

    03/16/2009 at 9:32 am

    Gotcha. Thanks.

  9. John

    03/16/2009 at 2:13 pm

    How about heat? Does the tablet get hot?

  10. Rob Bushway

    03/16/2009 at 2:21 pm

    @john – I’ve noticed no appreciable heat at all. In addition, it is very quiet.

  11. G. W. Brown

    03/17/2009 at 8:20 am

    I’m seriously considering the Fujitsu ST 6012- should Motion’s J3400 cause me to rethink?

    It’s the ‘capacative issue’ that has made me wonder.

  12. Rob Bushway

    03/17/2009 at 8:29 am

    @g.w. brown – sorry, I’m not able to make that decision for you. Take a look at the specs, features, and price, and see what filters up to the top. Neither supports capacitive touch at this point, so I don’t think that needs to be a decision point.

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