The RFP870 is a ruggedized industrial PDA that can be used for any general purpose job in the field, and it is particularly attractive for RFID applications due to the availability of customized HF and UHF RFID modules.
Technically, the RFP870 is based on standard legacy Pocket PC technology, including the ubiquitous Marvell PXA270 processor, 128MB RAM/256MB Flash, and a 3.5-inch resistive touch screen with 240 x 320 pixel QVGA resolution. The unit has an illuminated 22-key keypad that’s quite flexible via various data entry methods and six programmable function keys.
The RFP870 offers considerable application flexibility in the field. There’s Bluetooth and WiFi, and you can also add GPS and mobile broadband functionality. The device can be used as a phone. There’s a 2D imager scanner or an optional 1D laser.
The optional pistol grip comes in handy for extended scanning tasks. The grip can also accommodate a second battery for additional battery life. And there’s the availability of RFID, either built-in for 13.56MHz applications, or via the external 923-925MHz UHF module with a read range of 12+ feet or 3.5+ meter.
The RFP870 is solid and very robust. It can be used in a very wide range of climates and is well sealed against dust and water. It can also survive drops up to 5 feet / 1.5 meter.
Overall, the RFP870 is a tough, competent tool for many data collection and decision support jobs out there in the field. In this class of devices, it is also very competitively priced and definitely warrants consideration for any job that requires extensive data collection features, including RFID, as well as easy integration into existing Microsoft IT infrastructures.