Dell is touting its Latitude Rugged Extreme laptops that boast shock, water, and dust-resistant capabilities that go beyond industry standards; Dell notes that as these lappies are being used in environments such as the battlefield and in police and fire department work, there’s no room for failure. These notebooks are built to be virtually indestructible.
It sounds like designing these Latitude Rugged Extreme machines was a lot of fun. Dell built them with magnesium alloy chassis for strength and flexibility and used ultra polymer for parts of the systems that require shock absorption. There’s a convenient carrying handle, too.
They feature 4th-gen Intel Core processors and either Intel HD Graphics 3000 or NVIDIA NVS 4200M discrete graphics, as well as a DVD+/-RW optical drive, and legacy ports. For deployment in the field, Dell supports universal vehicle docks, and they’re all secure and manageable like enterprise machines.
They have outdoor-readable displays, and Dell reduced internal reflectiveness in order to maintain contrast, so it’s not just ramped-up brightness that will kill the battery. The keyboard is sealed and fully backlit, and the laptops feature touchscreens.
There are 14-inch and 12-inch models, and the latter doubles as a convertible with front and rear cameras.
You’ll have to call Dell for pricing, but you can expect these Rugged Extreme machines to cost a pretty penny. For example, a semi-rugged 14-inch Dell notebook starts at $1,618.50.