It surely isn't the prettiest of machines, but what rugged beast of a laptop
ever is beautiful? And moreover, if you're buying a laptop that can take a beating, do you really care? GammaTech has made a living from producing high-end, highly-rugged notebooks that can take a beating in the field. The company's newly revised Durabook U12C is equipped with a convertible swivel LCD touch screen that enables rapid switching between notebook and tablet modes. In highly secure environments – from movie sets through special operations stakeouts - the one-click stealth mode operation disables all light and sounds from the unit.
The U12C is designed with an Integrated Ergonomic handle for ease of use and added convenience for carrying the system in challenging spaces. It is drop and shock resistant and tested to stringent MIL-STD-810G requirements. Its unique spill resistant characteristics include the area around the keyboard, touchpad, speakers, and wireless and power switches that protect it from accidental spills – making it ideal for hazard based environments such as healthcare. All input/output ports are fully dust resistant. Additionally, U12C is designed with a quick release HDD mechanism that allows for removal of the Hard Drive Disk in just a few seconds.
Worried over specs? Don't be. There's an Intel Core i5-540UM processor and Intel HM55 chipset, 8GB of memory, a 1.3MP camera, 12.1" WXGA display (optional sunlight visible), WWAN 3G module, RS-232 port, smart card reader, and WLAN and WiFi compatibility with optional Bluetooth capability. There's even space for a second battery for those long, long nights in the jungle. There's no mention of a price just yet, but we suspect it's mighty expensive. You gotta pay for rugged, you know.