Rugged laptops were once very specialised pieces of equipment sold by a select few manufacturers and designed specifically for very unique industries or tasks. Today, however, it seems the majority of technology companies have jumped on the bandwagon with very different degrees of success.
If you need a rugged laptop for a very specific task it will make far more sense to buy such a device from a company that builds machines specifically for your unique needs. It seems that, for many, rugged laptops are more fashion statement than necessity and, as such, there will be models made that cater for very few requirements besides style and durability. However, for those that need such devices to be reliable in a range of different circumstances and harsh environments, it will be vital to look at far more than just durability.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Those for whom acquiring a rugged device is a necessity rather than a mere added bonus will need to look at the vast range of different benefits of owning such a laptop or tablet and choose the best accordingly. Not only will the majority need to ensure that such devices can withstand considerable wear and significant levels of impact, but they will also need to ensure the device will be wholly reliable, offer a great deal of longevity and be easy to use and carry all at the same time.
However, whilst numerous devices may be made with these considerations in mind, once you start getting more specific, it will be easier to tell the truly rugged devices from those merely masquerading as them.
For one, outdoor readability will be extremely important. Those who may need to use such devices in bright sunlight will need to be sure that they can always see the screen clearly and that a simple change in cloud cover won’t hinder an entire operation or remove the ability to carry out simple tasks.
Next, consider how reliable the device will be in changing temperatures. Not only should it be resistant to the highest heat, but also extreme colds too, as you may need to use such machines in very changeable and very extreme weather. Further to this, an ability to withstand both moisture and the damage caused by exposure to salt will also be important to ensure that other environmental factors or a simple downpour don’t compromise tasks or even place lives in danger.
BUYING FROM SPECIALIST MANUFACTURERS
Not only is it worth buying rugged devices from manufacturers specialising only in such machines, but it is also worth buying from companies specialising in offering these devices to certain industries. For example, those working in military organisations will find that rugged laptops or tablets manufactured by companies specialising in building such defence solutions are always best.
When it doubt, read up about the companies in question and ensure that the company themselves is reputable and their products are both well reviewed have a very low failure rate. Whilst having a product designed for your exact needs will be important, it will make very little difference if the device you do choose fails when you need it the most.
About the Author – Adam Howes is a freelance writer and blogger. He regularly writes articles about rugged technology solutions, using websites such as www.griduk.com to stay up to date with all the latest industry news and developments.