If your daily work space is on a mountain top or some other tough terrain, an Ultrabook may not be what you need. Instead, GammaTech offers a line of rugged systems, including its new Durabook R8300, a 13.3-inch notebook that's certified to stringent MIL-STD-810G and IP64 specifications. It can withstand drops, getting wet, dust, temperature fluctuations, and other variables that are likely to occur in hostile environments.
The 13.3-inch laptop comes standard with an Intel Core i7 3555LE or Core i5 3437U mobile processor. It has two DDR3 SO-DIMM memory slots with support for up to 32GB of RAM, quick-release HDD storage capability, a mini-card slot for wireless LAN, USB 3.0, and other amenities.
"It is easy to produce a computer that works well in a climate-controlled environment, where Mother Nature is held at bay," remarked Jen Chen, GammaTech president. "It is something entirely different, however, to engineer a computer to withstand long exposure to wind, dust, rain, and extreme temperatures as well as surviving bumpy rides, drops, and working in sweltering heat or frigid temperatures. Designed specifically for outdoor usage, our new R8300 notebook offers unsurpassed performance, even in the most hostile environments."
There aren't many outlets in the middle of the desert and other extreme locales, and GammaTech claims the Durabook R8300 can last through a full 8-hour shift. In addition, you can install a second battery that boosts battery life to 12 hours while adding hot-swap support.
The Durabook R8300 will be available in the second quarter of this year. No word yet on price.