Way back at the beginning of my career in tech, when all PCs were beige boxes (with giant ugly beige monitors to go with them), I remember how astonished I was the first time I ran into a “ruggedized” PC. It had been sent to us for software installation, and was sitting on a desk. It was big; really big. 50% thicker than a regular PC. And it was green, not beige. And inside, instead of a lot of dead air, there was padding, and a lot of the circuitry was encased in plastic or something. And there were two fans instead of one. Etc. It was a military, ruggedized PC. I was just stonkered, thinking about this thing being out on a battlefield somewhere.
But nowadays, the military isn’t the only bunch who wants ruggedized stuff. Plus now we have tablets, which are much easier to lug around. So the concept of a ruggedized PC tablet is not very far-fetched any more, and here’s another one coming at ya: the semi-rugged ultra-mobile tablet PC (UMPC), Durabook model CA10, which will have a MSRP of $1,299.00, including a standard two-year warranty. “As with all GammaTech products, it may be customized to customer specifications.”
You canand check them out and, if you happen to be at CES, take a look at their booth. Yeah, it’s expensive, but that’s the price you pay for something rugged enough to withstand, I dunno, cannon fire. Or being dropped on a rock while you’re free-climbing or whatever. Take a look and let us know what you think below!