The lightest 11.6-inch rugged tablet in its class, GammaTech says
Tablets aren't exactly known for their durability. Can you image dropping your Android slate or iPad down a flight of stairs? If the stairs are carpeted, you might get away with it (we don't recommend testing this out), otherwise there's a good chance the screen will end up busted. GammaTech's new Durabook R11 is a rugged slate that would probably survive such a tumble, as well as other harsh situations.
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.
Ultrabooks are sleek and sexy, but good luck finding one that meets MIL-STD-810G certification for shock and drop resistance. If you work in a tough and tumble environment, you'll be better served with a rugged laptop, and GammaTech hopes you'll give its new Durabook SA14 a long and hard look. The SA14 is a 14-inch laptop that lasts up to 11 hours on a single charge and can take a beating when needed.
The Durabook CA10 doesn't mind short drops up to four feet.
GammaTech on Tuesday announced that its semi-rugged and ultra-mobile Durabook model CA10 tablet is now available to purchase. That's provided you're willing to spend $1,299 (MSRP) on a slate that's built for people who don't work in typical office environments. Unlike your run-of-the-mill tablet, the Durabook CA10 meets various military standards for dust, water, drops, shock, and temperatures as low as 0 degrees.
With all due respect to Samsung, Apple, Asus, and others, your wimpy tablet has nothing on GammaTech's newly announced Durabook RT10C. Don't take offense to that, the RT10C is a burly slate designed to stand up to the rigors of industrial work and military applications. It's a thicker, rugged tablet that's able to withstand sandstorms, torrential downpours, and other harsh conditions.
We try to steer clear of explosive atmospheres, freezing conditions, and sand storms whenever possible, but if there's no way around it, you can bet we'll leave our Ultrabook at home. A more appropriate companion is a rugged PC designed for harsh environments, and GammaTech claims its new Durabook R13C convertible is the type of PC that's perfectly suited for law enforcement, military, homeland security, field service, mining, and mobile works in any type of outdoor environment.
Is GammaTech's new Durabook U12C a notebook or a tablet PC? The answer is both, and while it searches for an identity, you can throw ruggedness into its bag of tricks. We'll just cover all our bases and refer to it as a rugged convertible notebook, because that's really what it is. Armed with a convertible swivel LCD screen, you can tote this sturdy notebook into the field and switch to tablet mode on a whim.
GammaTech specializes in rugged notebooks and tablets that can withstand a beating, and their newest offering -- the Durabook S15C -- fits the same mold. Built around Intel's Core i3/i5/i7 platform, it's been tested to MIL-STD 810G specification for drop, shock and spill protection. It also includes safeguards like a Computrace-ready BIOS, Kensington Lock, and TPM 1.2 data security.
Rugged PCs don't always excite us. It's not that we don't appreciate being able to take a notebook or a small form factor PC into the field and subject it to the elements, but all too often these so-called rugged rigs lose our attention when we find out they're rocking an anemic Atom processor or wimpy Celeron chip inside.
There are exceptions, of course, one of them being GammaTech's new D12C convertible notebook. When GammaTech told us this was their latest rugged PC, we shrugged. But when we heard it came equipped with an Intel Core i5 540UM processor paired with Intel's HM55 chipset, they officially had our attention.
Complimenting the Core i5 chip is up to 8GB of memory, a better-than-netbook 12.1-inch convertible display, 1.3MP webcam, 2.5-inch SATA HDD or SSD, eSATA, USB 2.0, and the typical assortment of goodies you'd expect on a modern day notebook.
Flip the screen around and the D12C transforms into a tablet. Either way, GammaTech tells us the D12C is drop and shock resistant and tested to stringent MIL-STD-810G requirements.
This isn't something you'll find in the electronics section at Walmart. It is, however, available through authorized resellers nationwide and direct from GammaTech.