Archer® Field PC

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Made with an ultra strong magnesium reinforced case! This is not standard high impact plastic made like other handheld devices.

Manufacturer's Specifications:


Archer rugged PDA
  • Intel XScale PXA270, 520 MHz

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Classic operating system
    Non-volatile, secure, stored in Flash, protected from accidental 
  • Available in 16 languages including Chinese-simplified, Chinese-traditional, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Memory (RAM)

Archer rugged PDA
  • 128 MB low-power RAM
  • OS uses RAM more efficiently, providing more memory for larger applications and databases

Data Storage

  • 512 MB Flash disk
  • Data and applications securely stored in Flash

Wireless Communication Options

  • Integrated Bluetooth wireless technology option. Class II receiver allows connectivity with Bluetooth technology devices within 30 feet (10m). Bluetooth technology profiles supported: serial port (SPP), dial-up networking (DUN), object push (OPP), human interface device (HID), and printer.
  • Supports CF or SD Bluetooth technology cards
  • Wi-Fi supported (requires SD or CF Wi-Fi adapter card for wireless networking)
  • Wireless cellular modem for wide area communication


CF and SD Card Slots

  • Compact Flash: Type I or Type II for data storage and other peripherals
  • Secure Digital (SD, SDIO, SDHC) can be used with memory cards and other peripherals
  • User accessible, fully sealed
  • Optional extended cap for GPS, Bluetooth, cellular modems, barcode, and other extended cards

Archer rugged PDA viewd compact MS

High Contrast Color Display

  • Active viewing area: 3.5" diagonal (89 mm)
  • High visibility TFT active matrix transflective LCD
  • Transflective technology gives brilliant contrast, even in direct sunlight
  • QVGA, 240 x 320 pixels, selectable portrait or landscape view
  • Backlit LCD


  • Sealed, resistive, pressure sensitive touchscreen
  • Convenient on board stylus storage, tether able stylus

Communications Module (patent pending)

  • COM 1: 9-pin sub D connector, full modem control signals, 5V @ 200 mA available on DTR pin, controlled by DTR
  • USB host (Mini A) can control other devices
  • USB device (Mini B) synchronizes information to the desktop
  • 12 VDC jack for power input and battery charging (wall mount or 
    vehicle charger), 10 V - 18 V
  • Modular, field replaceable, can be customized


  • Size: 6.5" length x 3.5" wide x 1.7" thin (165 x 89 x 43 mm)
  • Weight: 17 ounces (482 grams)
  • Magnesium case with elastomer overmold available in orange or subdued tactical gray


  • Four-way directional button
  • Standard key functions include:
    Start - menu of applications
    Application Manager - manages applications
    Home - today screen
    Context - activates context sensitive menu
    Return - activates enter function
  • Keys can be user-defined
  • LED backlit keys


  • External power/charge LED indicates battery charging status
  • Notification LED to alert the user of events on the device
  • Other enunciators on system tray


  • Operating temperature: -22 to 130 degrees F (-30 to 55 C) *
  • Storage temperature: -22 to 140 degrees F (-30 to 60 C)
  • Waterproof and dustproof, IP67
  • Shockproof: multiple drops from 5 ft (1.5 m) onto concrete through temperatures ranging from -22 to 122 F degrees (-30 to 50 C)
  • MIL-STD-810F: water, humidity, sand and dust, vibration, altitude, shock,
    high temperature, low temperature, temperature shock
  • Model available that is FM Approved Non-incendive Class 1 Div 2 per approval standard FM 3611 in the U.S. and Canada for use in hazardous conditions


  • Intelligent, rechargeable, lightweight Li-Ion battery pack, 14.04 W-h (nom.)
  • Operates for up to 20 hours on one charge
  • Battery easily changed in the field without tools
  • Dynamic, efficient low voltage power design
  • 12 V vehicle power input connector for charging or direct power input
  • Intelligent battery notifies user when battery needs charging and protects battery from overcharging
  • Charges in 4 to 6 hours
  • Battery contacts sealed when battery is in place
  • Archer internal circuitry sealed against moisture even when battery is removed
  • Power off mode extends battery during long periods of inactivity

Software Included

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile
  • Microsoft Office Mobile: Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, 
    PowerPoint Mobile
  • Microsoft Outlook Mobile, which includes: Inbox, Calendar, 
    Contacts, Instant Messaging, Tasks, Notes, Spell Checker
  • Microsoft ActiveSync 4.1 for desktop PC
  • Terminal Services Client (can control your desktop from the Archer)
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 10 Mobile
  • Calculator, Pictures and Videos (image and video viewer) and Games
  • Voice Recorder
  • Handwriting Recognition

Development Environment

  • SDK for Windows Mobile supports: 
    Embedded Visual C++ version. 4.0
    Visual Studio 2005

Standard Accessories Included with the Archer

  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • Universal Charger (select US or International Adapters)
  • USB sync cable (mini to full)
  • Full-size stylus, captured
  • Hand strap
  • Premium Screen protector
  • Distribution CD with Owner’s Manual and Language Install (English, Spanish, French, German, Italian Portuguese)
  • Microsoft Getting Started CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Premium Screen protector
  • Connector Protector


  • FCC Class A
  • European CE Mark
  • FM Approved Non-incendive Class 1 Div 2 per approval standard FM 3611 in the U.S. and Canada for use in hazardous conditions

Real Time Clock

  • Keeps correct date and time, even during long-term battery removal

Most common questions and answers:

Q: Can I use the Archer with my HydroTech Compact MS? 

A: Yes. The Compact MS is specially designed to work with the Archer. The Archer will power the Compact MS for up to 18 hours continuously. 

Q:Can I use the Archer with the HydroTech OEM and standard sondes? 

A: Yes. The Archer can be used with all the HydroTech and Hydrolab multiprobes, however, the sondes with optical sensors will drain the Archers battery faster. 

Q: Does the archer need a special communication software to communicate with the HydroTech and Hydrolab sondes?

A: Yes. You will need to purchase and install the Hydras 3LT software 

For a quote please email your request to sales or call 512-846-2893

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