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