Tired of flimsy notebooks that can’t take the heat? We test four rugged systems that are built to last.
By Rich Malloy
Handle Without Care
Rugged notebooks are the Abrams tanks of the portable PC world: they usually feature sturdy magnesium cases with rubber bumpers outside and well-cushioned innards. Keyboards are hermetically sealed to protect against spills, and all connectors are equipped with water- and dirtproof covers. Their displays are designed to be readable even in direct sunlight, and most are equipped with touchscreens to allow easy clicking in tough conditions.