April 22, 2008 Digital video editing and compositing systems provider 1 Beyond has introduced the industry’s first laptop featuring Intel quad-core desktop processors with RAID 5 protection, optimized for HD video and graphics production, as well as two new rugged laptops designed to meet the extreme demands of in-field military personnel, public safety personnel and traveling professionals.

First cab off the rank is the 1 Beyond GoFlex317 HD with Quad-core Intel processors. It is designed for broadcasters and post-production crews working remotely with the latest HD formats who need the horsepower of a desktop system, but the agility and portability of a laptop solution, and also cannot afford to lose data. Since RAID 5 requires a hardware controller and a minimum of 3 drives, this configuration has previously been unavailable in a laptop. Available with Intel Core 2 Quad processor with up to 3Ghz, the latest NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX PCI-Express video card with 512MB and up to 960 GB of high-performance storage on 3 drives, the 1 Beyond GoFlex317 HD is superior in capabilities to most desktop workstations. It is available with a choice of software including Adobe Creative Suite 3, Avid Media Composer, Grass Valley Edius and more. The 1 Beyond GoFlex317 HD is available now for US$6,595, for a fully featured system.

1 Beyond also introduced two new high-performance rugged laptops designed to offer reliable performance for demanding in-field military environments, public safety personnel and traveling professionals. Both the 1 Beyond RL 5215 and RL 4212 Rugged Line laptops meet the MIL-STD 810F standards from the Department of Defense for products that operate in extreme temperatures, moisture and altitude without compromising performance and usability.

The 1 Beyond RL 5215 Rugged Line laptop is powered by an Intel Core Duo 2.4 GHz processor and is available with up to 4GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard disk drive. It is drop resistant, thanks to a magnesium alloy case that is 20 times stronger than traditional plastic, as well as vibration and spill resistant. Solid-state drives are also available for boosting hard drive speed and reliability and the laptop also features a 15.4 inch screen, a full size keyboard, wireless Ethernet, DVD player, pre-installed software including Windows XP professional and the option to add Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Suite 3 or Grass Valley Edius.

For the harshest environments the fully-rugged 1 Beyond RL 4212 Rugged Line laptop combines rugged durability features with ergonomic design and features. As well as MIL-STD 810F the unit also meets IP54 for water and dust resistance and has an enhanced outdoor viewable touch screen display, integrated GPS, numerous wireless options, and security functions including fingerprint scanner and SmartCard. It is powered by a Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4 GB of RAM and an 80 or 120 GB shock-mounted hard drive. With a 12.1 inch screen and full size keyboard, weighing 6.8 Lbs the 1 Beyond claims the RL 4212 laptop is the thinnest and lightest laptop of its class.

1 Beyond unveiled the new line of high performance laptops at NAB 2008 in Las Vegas earlier this month. For further info visit 1 Beyond.

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