You found the companies but did you call them to get your data? I know that today many forget to try the old fashioned phone system.
It seems I need to buy a laptop that does not exist. I need a fully rugged with a 2Ghz duo or faster. That processor puts me into the semi rugged or less. So here is the problem: I want the toughest mil spec TEST RESULTS for dropping from at least 3 feet, water and dirt, in that order. In researching toughbook and some of the other laptops or notebooks I find a lot of references to their being "designed to mil specs" but no where can I find the actual test results. The closest I have found said that the new toughbook 52 withstood a drop of 12 inches, as do the "business rugged" panasonics. Well, I'm sorry but if I can only drop it 12 inches, what's the point? I know there are several other manufacturers that say they have a "rugged" product but where can I find actual test results?
Perhaps, someone can chime in with the closest machine they know of to my "dream machine"
College of Architecture requires MINIMUM of: 2Ghz Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB Ram, 100 GB HD, DVD-R, 128 MB video card, 802.11 G Wireless, USB 2.0 Port, pcmcia/express card slot, wired ethernet connection, 16 bit sound card, windows xp professional (NOT VISTA) and office 07.
I need to be able to drag this thing through the woods, across the farm, across the country and across campus, in the rain and the mud, snow, mountains, beach, heat and humidity. I guarantee I will drop it on occasion, probably from waist high and it will get kicked by various lifeforms and popped in and out of bookbags and luggage at a very fast and unceremonial pace. That's me being careful. I also have a focus in International Business so it will be going to third world countries and asked to perform fairly sophisticated media presentations. I can not be sending it in for this and that little fix, whether it's free or not. It must be kill proof and savvy.
Year before last, I killed 3 brand new laptops: a sony vaio, a toshiba satellite and most pathetic of all, an HP. I then got a Panasonic toughbook cf-18 convertible which has proven to be indestructible (except for the plastic keys constantly popping off the keyboard). I love the ability to flip the screen and it has done well considering BUT it is fully rugged and the college requirements are not available in a fully rugged to my knowledge. Does anyone have experience with any of the other "ruggeds" like Motorola, Itronix, Getac or Panther? I'm sure there are more that I've never even heard of but does anyone actually test these things and publish the results?? In my surfing there seem to be a lot of claims but where's the proof?!!
Thanks in advance for any input : )