We've covered numerous backup systems here on SlashGear, ranging from simple USB hard-drives through network-attached media boxes and full-on RAID arrays, but bar individual drive failure we've never really considered the impact of physical damage. That's exactly the sort of thing that ioSafe have in mind with their Solo drive, up to 1.5TB of fireproof, waterproof storage. SlashGear have been testing it out.
Hitachi have announced a new range of simple USB hard-drives, together with a basic NAS adapter which can connect two external drives to a network. The SimpleDRIVE Mini and SimpleTOUGH portable USB drives are available in 250, 320 and 500GB capacities, with the former adding ruggedness and the latter basic colors.
Rugged computers generally look like a cross between the Michelin Man and some sort of inflatable life-raft, so it's nice to see a notebook that wears its shock-resistance discretely. To be fair to the competition, the Getac 9213 is described as "business rugged", which means while its full magnesium allow chassis and case, and shock-mounted HDD and 13.3-inch WXGA display may stand up to the occasional bump and drop, it's not quite in Panasonic Toughbook territory.
Nokia have announced a new, rugged cellphone, the 3720 classic, and to celebrate they've been kicking it around a little. Entirely leak-proof, shock-resistant and dust-sealed, the Nokia 3720 classic still squeezes in a 2-megapixel camera, Nokia Maps (on an included 1GB microSD card) and Bluetooth 2.1.
Videos of the Nokia 3720 being mistreated after the cut
Netbook manufacturers trying to distinguish their budget wares are nothing new, and Dell have taken to the classroom with their Latitude 2100. Announced yesterday, the Latitude 2100 packs the usual Intel Atom N270 processor but in an education-friendly design; as LaptopMag found, that means things like a semi-rugged design and a light that lets teachers know that their students are wasting time online.
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.
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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.