Any rubber-clad gadget can claim to be rugged, but it takes some preparation to put your shiny new product through MIL-STD-810F ruggedization testing. It's tough when it's a cellphone; making an entire Tablet PC stand up to the same drops, dust, water and more is quite the challenge. Still, that's what Motion did with their new J3400 rugged slate, and they've released some of the videos of the testing it endured.
Videos after the cut
For those that are especially tough on their external media, there's the ToughDrive Sport, the latest hard drive from Freecom. Measuring in at 2.5-inches, this external drive can supposedly stand up to just about anything. The sort of "anything" that involves a drop from 6.6 feet, that is.
Samsung have launched their latest rugged cellphone, the Samsung Xplorer B2100. Built to withstand submersion, dust, extremes of temperature and shocks, the Xplorer meets military specification MIL-STD-810F; since you'll want to use it as a phone, too, it's quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900) though not 3G.
We may only have found out about the Motion J3400 rugged Tablet PC earlier this morning, but Rob Bushway over at GottaBeMobile has been putting it through its paces for the past week or so. That means a two-part video overview and plenty of pictures, including some of the J3400 broken down to show the ruggedization inside.
Demo video & gallery of the J3400 after the cut
It's been a while since we've seen a new, full-sized slate format Tablet PC, but Motion Computing seldom disappoint. The new Motion J3400 Rugged Tablet PC is, as the name suggests, a rough & tumble capable slate with a 12.1-inch WXGA active touchscreen - with optional View Anywhere outdoor usability - plus 1.2GHz or 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processors, 2GB of RAM and an optional 64GB SSD.
Stealth Computer have hosed down their latest rugged, environmentally sealed LCD monitor, the Stealth Model TT-840, an 8.4-inch sunlight readable water-tight display. And, given you probably don't want to be flicking a mouse across the deck of your boat or on your oil rig, it's a touchscreen too.
There's sturdy, and there's a laptop so rugged you can throw a punch at the display and not expect it to crack. The Getac V100 is a convertible Tablet PC intended for outdoor workers who demand blazing-bright screens and MIL-STD 810F and IP54 rugged compliance; according to Tablet PC Review, it might even be too bright.
Dell have announced their latest rugged laptop, the Dell Latitude E6400 XFR, which is equipped with a Ballistic Armor Protection System featuring PR-481 that has twice the impact strength of magnesium alloy. It's also resistant to a 36-inch drop with the notebook powered on and the screen open. After the cut, if you like to see notebooks dropped, bashed and generally be treated with as little respect as you would a fifteen year old Spanish hire car, you'll love the Dell Latitude E6400 XFR test video.
General Micro Systems have announced their latest madly-compact rugged computer, the Raider S705. Packed into a 4.6 x 4.6 x 1.6 inch box lurks a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo processor, up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, dual COM ports and nine USB 2.0. There's also the potential to support up to six simultaneous wireless connections.
Lacking the power of the D900F, but a whole lot happier with drops and falls, Clevo's rugged 8.9-inch touchscreen slate uses the Intel Atom Z5x0-series processor and pairs it with a chassis that meets IP54 standards. Provisionally known as the Clevo T89xM, the device is intended for outdoor workers such as engineers and surveyors.