You can enter the contest to win a recon (valued at $1,499) by going to the TDS website.

Tripod Data Systems (TDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Trimble, announced a special promotion to give away a TDS Recon rugged handheld computer. The giveaway, sponsored in part by Microsoft, celebrates the one-year anniversary of the Recon's release. The Recon runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PCs and offers rugged performance in extreme environments.

To enter to win, participants must register online at www.tdsway.com/win. Registration is open from March 1 to April 30.

The Recon is designed for all-day operation in extreme outdoor and industrial environments. It meets MIL-STD-810F military standards for drops, vibration and temperature extremes. It also has an IP67 rating, meaning it's impervious to water and dust.

The Recon's rugged construction makes it ideal for land surveying, mapping, forestry, utilities, law enforcement, military and other outdoor applications. It weighs 17 ounces, and its rounded edges provide a comfortable grip. Its large, widely spaced buttons are easy to use, and its reflective color TFT display is bright and clear in sunlight.

The Recon's Windows Mobile software brings handheld applications to users working in extreme temperatures, driving rain, dusty jobsites and other harsh environments.

The Recon to be given away has a retail value of $1,499.

Source: TDS, March 9, 2004