Frankly, we're a little disturbed by the latest naming trends for rugged notebooks. Previously, we had the straightforward
Still, those features aren't exactly common on a laptop with a starting price of $1,000. Aside from the durability features, the baseline configuration of the Assault includes an older Core Duo T2350 (1.86GHz) processor, a scant 512MB of RAM, a 60GB hard drive, and Windows XP Home Edition. Bringing the configuration up to modern standards (a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, and Windows Vista Home) costs a still-reasonable $1,199.
We can't wait to run the Assault through the ringer--for scientific purposes, of course. We've requested a review unit and will report back when we've got our hands (and steel-toe boots, and spilled coffee) on one.