LXE Introduces New Handheld Computer

LXE announced the introduction of the MX8 wireless handheld data collection computer. The MX8 is LXE’s smallest, lightest, most economical handheld device to date, perfect for use in a wide array of light industrial and retail environments.

The MX8 handheld terminal is a critical addition to LXE’s comprehensive line of rugged, ergonomically superior handheld devices that also includes the ultra-rugged MX5, the MX3X (the industry’s only horizontal, half-screen hybrid handheld) and LXE’s flagship handheld masterpiece, the MX7.

“Adding the MX8 handheld computer to our product line allows us to offer an effective data collection device for almost any conceivable distribution task,” says Doug Brown, LXE’s director of product management. “It’s a particularly good fit for scan-intensive activities, and the 2D imager option works well in manufacturing environments. The MX8 also gives LXE a strong entry into the retail storefront. The reality is that the MX8 device truly excels in a wide range of supply chain and retail operations because it’s small and lightweight, yet rugged enough to take a beating.”

The MX8 is LXE’s smallest handheld offering, measuring 7.6” (19.3cm) long and weighing in at less than 13 ounces (482 grams) with battery and several options. The bright touch-screen and backlit keys improve visibility in less-than-optimum lighting conditions. Scanning options include standard-range laser scanners and 1D and 2D imagers. The MX8 mobile computer comes standard with an IEEE 802.11b/g radio and Bluetooth technology, 128MB SDRAM, 128MB Flash Power, and 128MB,512MB, or 1GB mini-SD card. It uses the most powerful CPU in its class, a PXA270 at 520MHz, and runs on Windows CE 5.0 Professional.

The operator has a 2.8″ 240×320 QVGA TFTcolor LCD, with a 300 NIT brightness, and resistive touch screen with stylus, to work with data. The MX8 has a 32-key numeric-alpha keyboard, five dedicated function keys and user-defined function keys.

The MX8 is a multimodal device that comes “voice-ready” out of the box, complete with LXE’s ToughTalk voice recognition technology. ToughTalk technology is the specialized combination of LXE’s trademark ruggedized system design, advanced audio circuitry and noise-canceling techniques. ToughTalk enables the MX8 – and all of LXE’s mobile devices – to support today’s industrial-grade voice recognition applications. With the new MX8, customers can run voice logistics applications and traditional barcode scanning applications on the same lightweight, economical unit.

LXE also achieved exceptional battery performance with the MX8 terminal, tested at 10+ hours of intensive operation on a single charge. Specialized plastics absorb impacts and solid state, industrialized electronics resist shock and vibration.