There are some things you just shouldn't do with your notebook. For example, it's not a good idea to whack a burglar over the head with your Core i7 notebook (use your Macbook instead), nor should you lug it around in heavy rain, through sand storms, acidic environments, or in high or low pressure areas. If you have trouble avoiding any of these situations, buy life insurance because you're an accident waiting to happen. With your your leftover coin, boutique system vendor AVADirect hopes you'll also consider a rugged notebook or tablet like GD Itronix's new GD8200 or GD3015.
The GD Itronic GD8200 comes standard with a 13.3-inch XGA touchscreen display, Intel Core i7 2655LE processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of DDR3 memory, 500GB hard drive (7200RPM), GbE LAN, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. There are several upgrade options available, but only if the base price ($4,154) doesn't chase you away. Part of that premium goes towards a certification list that's a mile high, including MIL-STD-810G (48-inch drop, shock, vibration, blowing rain, sand and dust, water pressure, drip exposure, altitude, freeze/thaw, high/low temperature, temperature shock, humidity, explosive atmosphere, salt fog, contamination by fluds, solar radiation, fungus, acoustic noise, acidic atmosphere, gunfire shock), MIL-STD-461F, and IP65.
For about half the price ($2,326), GD Itronic's new GD3015 rugged tablet is like a netbook with armor, minus the keyboard. It has a 10.4-inch sunlight readable touchscreen, Intel Atom Z530 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of DDR2 memory, 500GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. This one comes IP54 (dust and water resistance) and MIL-STD-810F certified and purportedly can survive multiple 3-foot drops.