GammaTech's 15.6" Durabook S15C Is Rigid Yet Sleek

Rugged? Check. Relatively sleek? Check. How on Earth can you have both? Just ask GammaTech. It's rare these days to find a rugged, tough notebook that isn't ugly and brutally thick, but GammaTech's new S15C manages to be fairly slim while maintaining a tough physique. It's the newest notebook in the company's Durabook line, and it uses a 15.6" display, stereo speakers and a pair of dual-channel DDR3 memory slots.

Jen Chen, GammaTech President, had this to say about the launch: "Just because an individual works away from an office and uses their notebook computer in a harsh environment is no reason for he or she not to enjoy the benefits of a notebook computer with a brilliant screen and powerful graphics. Our new rugged S15C has a very generous 15.6" display with high-definition resolution and its many other terrific features make the S15C the perfect choice for such users."

Took the words right out of our mouth. This particular machine uses a magnesium alloy case that is 20 times stronger than ABS plastic, and is tested to Mil-Standard 810G for drop and shock resistance. There's also a flexible HDD cable that's designed to absorb shock from drops, and the spill-resistant design protects the keyboard, touchpad, and switches from spills seeping into sensitive interior parts. There's even an optical disc tray lock that prevents unintentional tray ejection due to drop and vibration -- talk about thinking things through!

Double protection smart battery circuitry prevents damage caused by current or voltage surges and overheating, and if you're worried over power, don't be. It's got a Core i7 or i5 within, and there's room for a Blu-ray burner if you need one. You'll also find integrated Intel graphics, a Full HD display, built-in microphone, three USB ports, a serial port, integrated Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, optional Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a Smart Card reader, and a Kensington lock. Each machine can be customized to fit your needs, but there doesn't seem to be a price on which to ponder. We're guessing it's pretty high up there given the rigidity, though.