Tough inside and out: Ruggedized devices have come a long way

While we have seen the likes of Moto X Force and Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 offering tough features and unbreakable exteriors, the world of ruggedized devices doesn't start and end with them. A number of new rugged devices are quickly entering the mainstream and being indestructible isn't the only good thing about them.

We take a look at freshly launched devices like Getac S410 notebook, Panasonic Toughbook CF-D1 tablet and DEWALT's MD501 smartphone and measure how their internal prowess match their tough exteriors to offer a stress-free and fast computing experience.

Getac S410 notebook

Known for designing rugged computers and laptops for technicians and those who work for emergency services, Getac launched the S410 notebook on April 12, offering optimal performance in hot and wet conditions and a touchscreen that you can work on wearing gloves.

The S410 comes with IP51 dustproof and waterproof rating, a splash-proof keyboard, rubber bumpers and footpad to protect itself from falls and bumps and a rugged I/O door. Weighing at 2.2kg, it also offers vibration resistance, vehicle lock, high accuracy GPS and a hot swappable battery.

At the same time, the notebook features Intel's latest Skylake U-Series processors, a powerful battery, Windows 10 support, up to 1TB of expandable storage, fingerprint sensors, USB 3.0 ports and Intel's Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 to offer you optimum performance along with the device durability.

"Mobile technology has become more and more central to companies IT, business operations and digital transformation initiatives. However, as enterprises become more dependent on the technology, device requirements such as durability, reliability and high
 quality are becoming more important than ever in the minds of users and decision makers," said Nicholas McQuire, Vice President of Enterprise Research at CCS Insight.

Panasonic Toughbook CF-D1 tablet

Taking a leaf out of its own superlative Toughbook CF-20 laptop, Panasonic has designed the new CF-D1 tablet, offering 50% more battery life, low power consumption, a better viewing screen and improved communications over its older variant.

However, the tablet's USP lied in its industrial design. Like its name suggests, the tablet is powerful enough to boast an impressive IP65 waterproof and dust-proof rating and can survive multiple drop tests from a height of 90cm. Its IPS touchscreen offers much clarity and better viewing angles in both dark and bright conditions and can be operated using fingers, pens or even gloves in wet conditions.

Running the latest Windows 10 Pro operating system, Toughbook CF-D1 has been designed specially for meeting the needs of technicians whose job is to perform diagnostics on heavy vehicles and machines in all kinds of environmental conditions. To let them work effectively, the tablet comes with tough interiors as well like 6th Gen Intel i5 processor offering 3.0 GHz of power, extra LAN ports, , the new Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 WLAN, a battery supporting up to 12 hours of regular usage, security lock, smart card reader and rugged USB connectors.

DEWALT MD501 smartphone

Even though modern smartphones are strong enough, it is difficult for builders, plumbers and electricians to effectively use them at work without causing damage in the process. To meet their needs, construction major DEWALT partnered with Global Mobile Communications to launch the MD501 smartphone.

The phone is a particularly strong gadget and can survive falls on solid concrete from a height of 2 metres as well as extreme weather conditions with temperatures ranging from -20 to 60 C. The manufacturer offers a guarantee on its waterproof, dustproof and weatherproof features and the phone's display is protected by a Gorilla Toughened Glass 3 screen which can be operated while wearing gloves.

Inside, the MD501 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop OS and features a 5-inch HD display, 4G compatibility, wireless charging, a 13MP rear camera, dual SIM slots and a battery that supports a talk time of up to 8 hours. These features makes MD501 compete with the better mid-range phones now available in retail stores.

"The DEWALT MD501 Android smartphone offers all the performance of a high-end smartphone, as well as the intelligent, robust and durable DEWALT design integrity that pushes our products to excel in on-site environments," said Darren Barber, DEWALT UK Marketing Director.


In an industrialized world, the need for rugged smart devices is on the rise and with exceptional features, devices like Panasonic Toughbook CF-D1 tablet and Getac S410 offer great incentives for outdoor diagnostic technicians, construction engineers and miners to own these gadgets without worrying about damaging them in the process. At the same time, these devices offer advanced computing prowess along with survivability in tough conditions to allow technology to thrive in harsh conditions.

Similarly, DEWALT MD501 is a great tool for builders, plumbers and electricians to stay connected while at work. It offers IP68 ratings, a tough screen and protection from falls to enable such users to interact with superiors, co-workers and near and dear ones as well while being engaged in hard working conditions.

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