Ordinary laptops are 98-pound low next to fall-loving and outdoor-loving survivors known as rugged laptops. Whether you’re wet or getting your hands dirty, here’s what you need to know about machines that avoid abuse and stay productive in the worst environments. Who’s the hardest, Dwayne Johnson or Jason Statham? The answer (obviously, Chuck Norris) is about as inconclusive as advertisements for laptops with vague and overlapping descriptions like “semi-robust,” “fully robust” and “robust.” But the need for notebooks (and tablets) that can lick and keep clicking is very real.
The Best Rugged Laptops Collection By Easi Solve
- Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet – The Dell Latitude 7212 is a well-designed and robust detachable Windows tablet that can take just about anything you (and nature) can launch. And compared to the tough competition, it’s a relative bargain.
- Getac S400 – The Getac S400 is a winner among rugged laptops for providing complete protection in a relatively compact case, a screen that works indoors and outdoors, hot replaceable batteries, and a first-rate warranty.
- Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 – Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 2-in-1 tablet offers tons of durability, computing power, and battery life for those working in harsh or dangerous conditions.
- Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55 – Panasonic’s Toughbook 55 is not fully armored, but among the “real” rugged laptops, it is the easiest to customize and one of the best equipped.
- Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme – Dell’s ultra-strong flagship product, latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme, has tops (an extra-luminous screen) and stockings (an unusable touchpad), but it flies through abuses that would turn small laptops into shrapnel. Expensive but awesome.
- Acer Enduro T1 – Less similar to a tank (and much cheaper) than most sturdy laptops, Acer’s Enduro T1 is a plastic machine rather than magnesium that can survive shortfalls or rain.
Let’s be clear from the start on one thing: when Easi Solve refers to “robust laptops,” we don’t talk to business travelers worried about some turbulence in an air compartment. Really robust laptops are inhabitants of the vertical market, designed to work in the field or in factories. They can be worn by first responders or military personnel or mounted on the dashboards of police cars. They may have to survive rain or fall six feet on a hard surface, or work in freezing temperatures or grilling, or avoid being clogged with clouds of dust or sand.
What is the price you pay for such a robust survival capacity? One is, in fact, the literal price: robust laptops cost much more than their civilian counterparts. Second, weight: a laptop with virtual armour can test your biceps at 10 pounds, a huge burden compared to the three or four pounds of most laptops. That’s why many truly blue, sturdy models are equipped with retractable transport handles.