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Getac V100 rugged Tablet PC tested: blindingly good

Getac V100 rugged Tablet PC tested: blindingly good

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.

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Dell Latitude E6400 XFR rugged laptop: Video torture testing

Dell Latitude E6400 XFR rugged laptop: Video torture testing

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.

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GMS Raider S705 rugged compact PC

GMS Raider S705 rugged compact PC

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.

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Clevo IP54 ruggedized touchscreen netslate

Clevo IP54 ruggedized touchscreen netslate

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.

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AgfaPhoto OPTIMA 830UW: water, frost & shock-proof

AgfaPhoto OPTIMA 830UW: water, frost & shock-proof

While the poster-kids of PMA might be expensive DSLRs, there's plenty of budget fun to be had too.  AgfaPhoto believe they've a good example of that latter category, with the point-and-shoot waterproof, frostproof and drop-resistant AgfaPhoto OPTIMA 830UW.  

 

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GETAC PS535F rugged PDA with GPS, altimeter & compass

GETAC PS535F rugged PDA with GPS, altimeter & compass

GETAC have announced their latest super-rugged PDA, the GPS-equipped PS535F, complete with MIL-STD 810F compliance and IP54 certification.  The PS535F has a sunlight-readable 3.5-inch VGA touchscreen and an integrated 3-megapixel autofocus camera, together with an altimeter and electronic compass, and runs Windows Mobile 6.1.

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Eight Lenovo ThinkPads hit military rugged standards

Eight Lenovo ThinkPads hit military rugged standards

Lenovo has announced that eight of its ThinkPad notebooks have passed military-standards for ruggedization, making them not only resistant to pressure, humidity, temperature, dust and vibration, but to a greater extent than some "mil-spec" rivals.  The ThinkPad X200, X301, X200s, X200 Tablet, T400, T500, R400 and SL300 all passed durability tests despite not being specifically marketed as ruggedized models.

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Sprint Motorola i365IS ‘Intrinsically Safe’ rugged cellphone

Sprint Motorola i365IS ‘Intrinsically Safe’ rugged cellphone

Sprint have announced the Motorola i365IS, where the "IS" stands for "Intrinsically Safe".  According to Sprint, the i365IS "is incapable of releasing sufficient electrical or thermal energy to ignite fuel and cause a fire or explosion" and is safe to use in areas containing flammable gasses, vapors or dust.  Personally, I'd like any cellphone I use to be incapable of exploding, but maybe that's too much to ask.  As well as promising not to go supernova in your front pocket, the i365IS has push-to-talk (PTT), military-spec ruggedization and Bluetooth.

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Panasonic unveils AVCHD Lite capable DCM-TZ-ZS3 and DMC-FT1

Panasonic unveils AVCHD Lite capable DCM-TZ-ZS3 and DMC-FT1

In preparing for the PMA 2009, Panasonic has launched a series of new digital compact cameras, two out of the new Lumix, the DCM-TZ-ZS3 and DCM-TS1 are the first of its class to feature the new AVCHD Lite HD Video Recording Capabilities of MPEG-4 / H.264 AVC video compression standard.

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GammaTech introduces new semi-rugged Durabook laptop with data security features

GammaTech introduces new semi-rugged Durabook laptop with data security features

One of the worldwide leading manufacturer of notebook computers, GammaTech Computer Corporation, has announced a new version of their award winning Durabook rugged notebooks. The new D15RP gives the same semi-rugged laptops geared more for businesses and government users.

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Marketing fails? Olympus rebrands rugged SW Stylus cameras as Tough series

Marketing fails? Olympus rebrands rugged SW Stylus cameras as Tough series

Apparently the everything-proof Olympus Stylus SW cameras haven’t get enough publicity of it’s toughness in handling most challenging shooting grounds. The company has reinforced the shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof and dustproof Stylus with a better title – Stylus TOUGH, a name with implication of roughness, message received!

Olympus’s Marketing director at Europe division said consumer is looking for digicams that define durability in additional to the core image features. Their existing Stylus SW series offer just that, a little twist in marketing drawing board would reflect the true nature of the SW series.

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Sonim XP3 cellphone takes rugged to another level

Sonim XP3 cellphone takes rugged to another level

Sonim have announced the follow-up to their XP1 rugged cellphone, which comes in the shape of the chunky XP3.  Despite Sonim's enthusiastic claims to the XP1's invulnerability, the XP3 is apparently even more shock and drop resistant; it's also waterproof, and can survive being fully submersed for 30 minutes within one meter of water.

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