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Unitech PA966/967

Flexible data collection PDA with keyboard
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Unitech America is a subsidiary of Taiwanese automatic data collection specialist Unitech, founded in 1979. The PA966 is a Windows CE 5.0-based handheld computer using the 400MHz Marvell PXA255 processor (a chip that's now a couple of generations back). It has either an integrated 1D laser bar code scanner or a 2D scanner/imager that can read and decode a very wide variety of linear, two-dimensional and postal symbologies. The unit has USB and serial ports, infrared, and both a PC Card and a CF card slot for expansion.

The PA966's most prominent feature is its 36-key keypad that includes numeric, alpha and function keys. Though it looks like a QWERTY Blackberry-style keyboard, the keys are actually arranged alphabetically. There is also a 4-way navigation pad, and Esc and Enter keys. A special alpha key lets users easily toggle between input types.

The PA966 measures 3.4 x 7.3 x 1.7 inches and weighs about a pound including a very powerful 10-hour battery. It has a 64MB of RAM and 64MB of Flash ROM. The backlit touchscreen display has the standard 240 x 320 resolution. The device carries an IP64 ingress protection rating, can handle 4-foot drops, and operate in a -4 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit temperature range.

The PA967 is essentially the same computer, but comes with a gun grip. This comes in handy for scanning-intensive applications. Between the PA966 and PA967, Unitech offers ten different models/configurations of this flexible, versatile data collection PDA.

Update April 2011: product no longer listed as active on Unitech website.

Added/changed Added 03/2008; loved to EOL 04/2011
Form-factor Rugged keyboard PDA
CPU Speed Marvell PXA255/400 MHz
OS Windows Mobile 5.0 Professional Plus
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II, 1 CF Card Type II
Display type Transflective TFT
Display size/res unknown/240 x 320
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys 36 keys including numeric, alpha, and function keys
Navigation keypad/stylus
Housing impact-resistant plastic
Operating Temp -4 to 122F
Sealing IP64
Shock 4 foot drop
Size (WxHxD) 3.4 x 7.3 x 1.7
Weight 16 oz.
Power 7.4V, 1850mAH Li-Ion (10 hrs.)
Interface USB 1.1, RS232, IR 1.2, 1D laser bar code scanner or 2D LED imager
Wireless Bluetooth; optional WiFi and other via expansion slots
List price Inquire
Contact www.ute.com
Windows Mobile Info
  • Windows Mobile 6
  • Windows Mobile 5
  • Windows Mobile Smartphone
  • Windows Mobile 2003
  • Windows CE .Net
  • Windows for Pocket PC 2002
  • Pocket PC intro 2000
  • Windows CE H/PC Pro 1998
  • Windows CE 2.0 1997
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