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Augmentix joins the rugged laptop fray

Augmentix joins the rugged laptop fray

If you're going to get into the highly competitive laptop space, you had better suit up in some serious armor. At least that's what Austin-based Augmentix must have been thinking when the company designed its new XTG630 rugged laptop.

Basically built from a re-engineered Dell Latitude D630 laptop (for ease of IT integration), the Augmentix XTG630 has all the parts you'd expect from a serious business notebook, including Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs, a 14-inch display, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, TPM 1.2, and optional mobile broadband, all wrapped up in a rugged housing that meets MIL-STD-810Fstandards. That means it can handle a 36-inch drop, temperatures from -4 degrees to 140-degrees Fahrenheit, and work at an altitude of 15,000 feet.

How much will one of these nearly bullet-proof laptops set you back? At around $3,200 for a fully loaded model, they're clearly a lot more expensive than a standard Dell D630. The XTG630 is available to order today, but expect delivery cycles of around 30 days. When you're playing World of Warcraft or editing your own Wikipedia page from the middle of a desert, swamp or mountaintop, you'll be glad you waited.