A substantial elastic hand strap on the back panel helps you keep a grip on the unit, but the 760 should withstand 26 5-foot drops onto a steel plate over concrete, according to the company. The device is also water- and dust-resistant, but not rated to survive complete immersion in water. The 760 remained unfazed after we threw it into a snow bank, dropped it on a hard tile floor, and tossed it around in a carpeted office.
Our test unit successfully connected to a Hewlett-Packard 995c Bluetooth printer for Serial Port and Object Push services. The 760 also supports Bluetooth synchronization and LAN access as well as Intermec’s own Bluetooth printing utility. We surfed the Web with the 802.11b connection to our internal wireless network and made voice calls (via a fairly primitive phone interface) using the GSM capability.
To use the bar code reader, you open the desired application, press the yellow Bar Code Reader button on the PDA’s side panel, and aim the green light at the code you want read. We captured bar codes off software boxes, and they were immediately entered into Pocket Excel.
The Intermec 760 Color Mobile Computer fills a niche for users who have demanding wireless communication requirements and where price isn’t the primary factor.