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Ruggedised laptops

22 Oct 2013 5:44 PM -
Lenovo X240
Panasonic FZ-G1 IP65 rated 10.1" tablet

If you are on the road and frequently using your laptop in rough conditions then your standard laptop may not cut it in terms of durability, low down time and longevity.

There are two ranges of laptop we have found that work well - the semi rugged Lenovo X230 and the Panasonic Toughbook.

The brand new Lenovo X240 range is ideal if you need a lightweight machine that is tougher than a standard laptop but you don't need a premium product like the Toughbook.

The X240 features a carbonfibre top cover and magnesium bottom cover and passes 8 military-spec tests against extreme environmental variables, including low temperature, low pressure, dust, humidity, and vibration testing for not much higher cost than a standard machine. They come with the latest 4th generation Intel processors processors and hardware along with high resolution screens and all the connectivity options; WiFi, Bluetooth and wireless WAN so you don't need to carry a separate wireless dongle. The higher end models also have a touchscreen to take full advantage of Windows 8.

They also feature light weight and long battery life - both favoured by road warriors.

For the ultimate in tough laptops and tablets for medical applications there is the Panasonic Toughbooks in both semi-rugged and fully rugged which are waterproof, are able to be dragged along behind a snowmobile and dustproof but they come at a price. Telstra have decided to use them for their field staff because they found that the significantly reduced number of repairs over the 3 or so year life of the machine more than outweighed the higher purchase price. Our mining customers also use Toughbooks for the same reason; for them anything less does not last very long at all on a drilling rig.

If you are interested in these machines then talk to us to determine which would be best for you. ICS Technologies is in Brisbane, Australia.

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