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.
Wondering what Rick Moranis is doing these days? The "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" star hasn't appeared on the big screen in awhile and is reportedly enjoying retirement, but we wouldn't be shocked if he was secretly building PCs for Stealth Computer, makers of some of the smallest systems around. The company's latest creation is the LPC-125LPFM, which is a rugged, fanless system for industrial, mobile/in-vehicle, and embedded applications.
When the going gets tough, most technology throws up its hands in defeat and wilts like a flower. The majority of gadgets on the market just aren’t built to face the drop-down, submerged-in-liquid realities of everyday life – just ask anybody who ever had to replace his smartphone after spilling just a few drips of soda on it.
You won’t find any of that wussy gear in this gallery.
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.
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.
It's probably not a good idea to go charging through traffic on foot with your My Passport portable hard drive clutched under your arm like a football, nor should you toss it around like one with a buddy. But in case you do find yourself in situations where drops, moisture, or even spills might occur, Western Digital's offering a bit of extra protection with its new WD Nomad rugged case, a durable enclosure that will keep your drive protected from drops as high as seven feet.
General Dynamics Itronix announced the launch of the GD8200 fully rugged notebook on Tuesday. The 13.3-incher, which happens to be the company’s first Sandy Bridge notebook, is designed to withstand military-grade abuse, and is said to be an ideal fit for “mobile users in law enforcement, the military, field service technicians and others who work in cars, trucks, even combat vehicles.” Specs after the jump.
The new Clickfree C2 Rugged Back-up Drive is "built to strict U.S. military standards," though that doesn't mean you should lug this on the battlefied and use it to repel bullets. What you can do is accidentally (or purposely, if you're the curious type) drop the drive from up to four feet, plug it into your PC, and watch it come to life as if nothing happened.
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.