Dell has decided to offer a laptop that's suitable to be used outdoors. Its new ruggedized Latitude ATG D620 laptop has all sorts of features that you'll need, if you need to compute out in the real world of sunlight and hard knocks:
The new laptop sports a shock-mounted 80-GB hard drive that is encased by rubber so the drive is not affected by dropping the machine. In addition, the D620 sports a spill-resistant keyboard and an extra-bright display meant to offer better viewing in full sunlight.
The new Latitude will put Dell in competition with Hewlett-Packard and Panasonic, both of which offer ruggedized notebooks that can deal with temperature extremes and rough handling.