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The workplace sometimes resembles a warzone, so if you’re going to survive you need a laptop with Ballistic Armour Protection – at least according to Dell. Dell_Latitude_E6400_01 Dell's Latitude E6400 XFR: has a Ballistic Armour Protection shell The PC giant’s latest rugged laptop – the Latitude E6400 XFR – can rise to “ …


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  1. Anonymous Coward


    Is the OS as bulletproof as the case, or is it running Windows?

  2. Tom Cook
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    ...or I could buy an ordinary Latitude for £650 (and quite a nice one for that money) and drop it and jump on it every nine months. It'd still be cheaper over this thing's three-year lifecycle.

  3. Sooty

    £2680? seriously?

    You could buy 5-6 normal laptops with a similar spec and if you break one, then just use another.

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    4ft drop?

    Is that so impressive from a practical point of view? It's not THAT high. I'd want a 2m (tall-human-sized) drop before it was very ruggedised.

    How far can a normal laptop drop without breaking?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    "Ballistic Armour Protection"

    So that's BAPs for short then, eh ? As my old school maths text book used to say: The rest is left as an exercise for the reader...

  6. Anonymous Coward

    @Tom Cook

    These things aren't built to withstand use in a rugged environment by an average user, they are built to withstand the (less than) delicate attention of your average squaddie...

    Ever seen military spec "green kit"?

  7. Trevor Watt

    @ Tom Cook

    Tom Cook, stop being such a townie and try getting out more. It is more about the laptop not letting you down when your in a hostile environment and you need to use it. DHL don't deliver next day to the job site middle of the desert.

  8. Anonymous Coward
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    I was hoping it was actually bullet proof... well.. could be used as a ballistic shield anyway. That would be the only way I would pay that ridiculous price for this thing.

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    not impressed

    10 years ago a sales rep demoed a rugged laptop designed for building sites and the like. he took us into the car park and just threw it as high as he could. After hitting the ground, the case was a bit scuffed but everything still worked. Would have thought rugged laptops would have improved since I saw that. 4ft doesn't seem that great.

  10. Adam
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    4 foot drop

    I dropped a normal Dell D531 about 4 foot and that was fine. It might be seriously overpriced but it's a mans laptop and I want one.

  11. al
    Paris Hilton


    This is not meant for home use, sir.

    This is meant for places where :

    - access to laptop & data in it is critical.

    - chances of failure exist (eg a warzone, construction site, antarctica).

    - can't duplicate data easily and/or carry backup laptops.

    Not meant for mere office goers.

    Paris, coz she seems quite sturdy.

  12. andy

    @sooty, Tom Cook and others

    You've totally missed the point, in the same way so many other Reg readers do (ooh it's expensive, so it's no good).

    This is specialist equipment. Just because you can buy one online doesn't mean it's aimed at the average home user or university student! The argument about having multiple machines is ridiculous - these machines are designed for situations where you don't have time to fanny around with duplicating disks and setting up other machines with the same settings. As al has said, it's for use in areas where there is a high likelihood of damage which a "standard" machine wouldn't tolerate.

    It's a bit disapponting at how people on this site only look at the price of something before commenting.

  13. RobMc

    er... toughbooks anyone?

    What about these?

    They've been around for quite some time...

  14. Alexis Vallance


    Are you sure it's a special rugged laptop?

    Looks like a run of the mill ThinkPad to me!

  15. Stef
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    Old concept

    It is specialist equipment, for sure.

    However, who's likely to need state-of-the-art computing oomph (Core 2 Duo, NVS graphics etc.) in the kind of environments this is likely to be used? Do squaddies train on Crysis between firefights?

    Panasonic has been making toughbooks for donkey's years, with survivability probably at least comparable to this new piece of kit, which can be picked-up 2nd-hand on fleaBay for pennies these days, with specs able to run any OS short of Vista, most office apps and can be WiFi'ed with an inexpensive PCMCIA.

    Why reinvent the wheel and charge a premium?

  16. Anonymous Coward

    Save your breath guys

    Office types are highly unlikely to appreciate using kit in horrendous weather conditions where what you take with you is limited by the load you can carry over a 16 mile stint walked (note: not carred, bussed, trained or teleported ... ) where your kit makes all the difference.

    Maybe the office based kit should have small apertures for mail varnish, cosmetic creams and the like?

    Well 'ard? Well, you might have to be but it sort of depends on who "you" is or are.

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No thanks

    Rather have one of these, from the company that brought you the F-16 Fighting Falcon:

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I might be interested

    if it can stop up a 50 cal round.

  19. Allan Dyer

    designed for...

    Brazilian electricians?

  20. druck Silver badge

    Useless fingerprints

    I notice it has a finger print scanner, when it's aimed at the sort of out door working tyre that either has very worn prints or very dirty hands.

  21. Geoff

    not quite so 'ard

    looks like a bit came off it when dropped, oops hehe

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