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Best Semi-Rugged Laptops For Use in Iraq or Afghanistan


These are the best bang-for-the-buck semi-rugged laptops to use in harsh outdoor conditions. Rugged laptops are quite a bit more expensive. Expect to pay double and even triple the cost for a semi-rugged laptop over a standard laptop. True rugged laptops, which have their own internal cooling system, can be five times greater.

Can't afford a semi-rugged laptop? One solution is to simply buy a Pelican case for your existing laptop.

Laptop Model Itronix VR-2 Panasonic Toughbook
Cost ~ $3,000 ~ $3,000
Weight 5.8 lbs 5.9 lbs
CPU 1.9 GHz 1.9 GHz
RAM 512 MB 512 MB
HD 40 GB
removable
80 GB
HD removable? yes no
Shock-resistant HD? yes no
Display 12.1" 13"
Daylight-viewable display? yes yes
Shock-resistant display? yes no
Spill-resistant keyboard? yes yes
Battery 47.5 WH 86.5 WH
DVD/CD-RW drive? yes yes
Internal wireless? yes yes
Internal GPS? yes ?
Warranty 3 yr 3 yr
Operating system Windows XP Windows XP

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