This week Averatec officially announced the release of two semirugged laptops: the 14.1-inch, standard-aspect Voya 4473 and the 15.4-inch wide-screen Voya 6494. Both Voya laptops combine magnesium alloy outer cases, corner bumpers, and a shock-mounted hard drive to help withstand vibration and drops. The laptops also incorporate a spill-resistant keyboard and touch pad.
We had a chance to see these during a recent visit to the company's Santa Ana, Calif., offices. Reminiscent of the semirugged
Pricing for the systems starts at $1,299, which is competitive with other semirugged laptops on the market and likely to appeal to anyone who heaps a little extra abuse on their gadgets.
The release is part of a broader brand revival for Averatec, which has been somewhat quiet in the U.S. market during the last 18 months. With its new line of laptops, Averatec is moving its focus away from the super-value systems of the past and toward more upscale and specialized consumer markets.