I have just started looking for a new notebook computer for my field work. My current one is a couple years old. It is getting a little underpowered for what is available today.
In looking around for what to buy as an upgrade, I found the Durabook (http://www.durabook.com/index.jsp). It is drop resistant, spill resistant, and shock resistant. All this and a Core Duo version is selling for 1400 dollars at Newegg. I have not bought it yet. I wanted to let others know it is out there.
Quoted from their site:
DURABOOK is tough enough to meet Military 810F rugged specifications and also built for road warriors, mobile professionals, gamers, and everyone on the go who needs to run memory intensive applications and high speed wireless technology. The Twinhead DURABOOK incorporates added protection against drop, vibration, and liquid spills while remaining competitively priced with plastic case commercial notebooks that lack structural protection. With pricing up to 50% less than fully rugged notebook systems, the DURABOOK models offer you the essential rugged features that are needed to lower the risk of damage from normal everyday use while still providing high performance capabilities at a competitive price.
DURABOOK Rugged Standard
All DURABOOK systems pass US Military and European Committee rugged feature standards to ensure their durability. These standard test measurements include:
- DROP TEST – Magnesium alloy case – 20 times stronger than ABS plastic, offering higher survival rate after drops and bumps. Compliant with Military Standard 810F.
- VIBRATION TEST – MIL STD 810F, Method 514.4, Procedure I, Category 10, Fig 16&17/ASTM 4169, Truck Transport 11.5.2 Random test, Assurance Level II.
- SPILL PROOF TEST – European Committee for Electro Technical Standardization of IP31.