Motorola’s Q1-2012 will see the launch of a new rugged entry-class mobile computer – the MC2100 Series – designed for receiving, replenishment, picking, price management, inventory and asset tracking, work-in-progress tracking, returns processing, and parcel/package delivery tracking (Batch mode operation).

The MC2100 is the entry-class alternative to the more robust MC9000 series. The new handheld’s lower cost and smaller size make it ideal for a variety of mobile applications and it offers users more scanning choices than any other device in its class (1D linear imager, 1D laser or a 1D/2D are imager [available only in the MC2180]).

The MC2100 devices are only 6.76 inches tall and they are designed to be used with one hand, giving mobile workers more freedom. These small and lightweight computers come in five different configurations with Batch Mode or WLAN/Bluetooth options. It is also the first mobile computer to support Motorola’s RhoElements (HTML5) so that users can run web-based applications regardless of the app’s original OS.

The MC2100 features include PTT (push-to-talk), IP54 sealing, drop and tumble rating, a recessed keypad, a Corning Gorilla Glass exit window, and a user accessible Micro SDHC slot. The MC2180 features 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth Class II. [1]

The unit’s features are somewhat limited – it only runs Windows CE 6.0 and it has a 27-key numeric keypad (no alpha-numeric option) – making it a somewhat impractical choice for users looking to downgrade from a higher class unit like the MC9090 or MC9190. The compatibility issues one may encounter with the MC2100 make staying with the MC9000 series more affordable and practical in the long-run. However, for entry-class users looking to upgrade or create a new system, the MC2100 is the perfect solution.

“With the MC2100 mobile computing series, Motorola Solutions is leveraging its core mobile computing fundamentals and technology leadership to ensure value-tier and price-conscious customers will not have to compromise on ergonomics or functionality. The MC2100 will help improve operational efficiencies for our traditional enterprise customers and open up new market segments around the world from small to medium-sized businesses.” – Girish Rishi, corporate vice president and general manager of mobile computing for Motorola Solutions.

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