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What Is a Rugged Laptop?

Winmate Marketing team>September 10, 2021

Tough is often overused in laptop advertisements. But the real deal of rugged laptops is more than a merely added cover over little turbulence and knocks. The actual rugged laptops are made to endure various degrees of misuse, like the brutal fieldwork by the first responders, defence personnel, transportation, etc.

What Is a Rugged Laptop?

A proper rugged laptop will have at least two forms of certification. One is Defence Standard MIL-STD, which proves the equipment has been tested in various harsh situations originally devised for defence devices. The other one is Ingress Protection, IP rating, which verifies protection against the dirty-dusty environment, humidity, and water. Without these certifications, you might consider a device's ruggedness to be mere marketing.

Defence Standard Certification

Most rugged laptops adhere to durability standards MIL-STD 810H that the US Department of Defense creates. It serves as a series of performance tests to ensure products meet specific requirements for various defense-related purposes.

The MIL-STD 810H standard spans nearly 30 laboratory test methods in over 800 pages, ranging from physical forces (drop, vibration, and shock) to weather conditions (high and low temperatures, rain, and humidity).

Although the Defence Standard is specified for equipment used in arm forces services, it can also apply to non-defense industries. Companies across all industries turn to the MIL-STD 810H to validate their products as ruggedized. That is because the thorough test methods validate a product' 's readiness for a broad range of environmental conditions.

Certified Dust and Water Resistant

The IP ratings are defined in the international standard IEC 60529, which classifies the degrees of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects, dust, accidental contact, and water in electrical enclosures. The IP rating consists of the letters IP followed by two digits and an optional letter.

The two digits (characteristic numerals) signify conformity with the conditions. The first digit indicates the level of ingress protection upon solid foreign objects into hazardous parts (e.g., electrical conductors, moving parts, etc.) The 2nd digit is the defense against harmful ingress fluids.

Take the example of Winmate L140TG Rugged Laptop with an IP65 rating, which means the gadget is tightly protected against dust and jets of water from any direction.

It Is More Than Break-Proof Laptop

Of course, it takes more than certifications to make a sturdy laptop. Winmate's new L140TG Rugged Laptop with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating system offers a new generation of compact and marvelous portability in a robust form factor. The computer features a brilliant 14-inch daylight readable panel and a user-friendly projective capacitive touch screen. With Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.20 GHz), 8 GB system memory, and 1TB M.2 SSD storage(optional), while wireless connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth, GPS / GLONASS, and 4G LTE(optional) to keep workers connected in even the most remote locations.

The L140TG Series Rugged Laptop is ready to go wherever your duty takes you – safely and effectively. With the IP65 rating and passed MIL-STD 810H shock, drop, and vibration testing, the L140TG is tough enough to withstand repeated drops, extreme temperatures, altitudes, humidity, wetness, and dusty handlings. Weighing at just 3.0 kilograms, the L140TG delivers lightweight mobility in a rugged laptop.

Like any off-the-shelf laptop, choose the rugged laptop depends on your requirements. Whether its specification can run the programs you need and withstand the demands of the working environment, etc. – there is no perfect laptop for everyone. However, suppose you need computing power in a hostile environment. In that case, there is no substitute for Winmate L140TG when it comes to toughness, efficiency, and cost.

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