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Psion 7530 G2

Latest version of an ultra-rugged flashlight-style handheld
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

The Psion 7530 G2, originally launched around 2007, is a technology update to the company's near legendary Psion Teklogix 7530 ultra-rugged flashlight terminal, a design with the flexibility and large screen of a PDA.

The 400MHz PXA250 processor of the original 7530 was replaced by a speedier 520MHz PXA270 processor in the second gen unit, Windows CE .NET gave way to Windows CE 5.0, and Bluetooth was added. In early 2013, a full six years later and after Psion was acquired by Motorola Solutions in 2012, the second gen 7530 still appears to be an available product, testifying to the amazing longevity and long product life cycles of proven vertical market computing devices.

As would be expected from an ultra-rugged device, the 7530 G2 is rather large and heavy (well over two pounds) handheld that's engineered for maximum flexibility and expandability, as well as being able to survive use in extreme environments. Despite equipped with plenty of features and technology, the 7530 G2 was designed even back in 2007 to survive 6-foot drops, has a IP67 rating, and can operate in a very wide temperature range of -22 to 140 degree Fahrenheit. Internal SDIO, CF, and PC Card slots provide almost unparalleled expansion flexibility for any wireless technology as well as numerous bar code and imaging applications.

The device is available either with a 37-key "large button" keyboard or a 63-key alphanumeric keyboard. Also of note: the 7530 uses an extra-sensitive 5-wire touchscreen, and there is a very long list of options and accessories, including a tethered RFID reader and a handy pistol grip.

Specifications Psion 7530 G2
Added/changed Added 4/2007, updated 04/2013
Form-factor Rugged flashlight-style handheld
CPU Speed Intel PXA270/520 MHz
OS Windows CE 5.0
RAM/ROM 128MB/64MB FLASH
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II Extended, 1 CF, 1 SDIO
Display type Transflective TFT 256k color
Display size/res 3.5"/240 x 320 pixel
Digitizer/pens 5-wire touch/1
Keyboard/keys 37-key large button or 63-key alpha keypad with EL backlight
Navigation directional control
Housing plastic/metal
Operating Temp -22° to 140°F (-30° to 60°C)
Sealing IP67
Shock Multiple 6-foot drops
Safety UL 1950, CSA C22.2 No950, LVD N60950
EMC FCC Part 15 Class B, EMC Directive Class B
Size (WxHxD) 4.0 x 11.8 x 3.4 inches
Weight 2.35 lbs. (1.06kg)
Power 11.1V 1,900mAH Li-Ion ("up to 12 hrs.")
Scanners 1D standard, long range, fuzzy logic, or advanced long range; 1D imager, 2D imager
Interface USB Host, RS232
Wireless 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, RFID (opt.)
List price Inquire
Contact psionteklogix.com
Spec sheet Psion 7530 G2 spec sheet (PDF)
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