- October 2018 Update: ASUS has released a ruggedized Chromebook. It said to be water “spillproof” and can be dropped from 3.9 feet without damage.
- The most toughest ruggedized laptop for outdoor and industrial use is the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme by Dell.
- The most toughest laptop for everyday business use is Lenovo’s ThinkPad T450sc. This laptop’s small frame and durable hardware make it an excellent choice for frequent travelers.
The Details: The Toughest Laptops
Lenovo’s T-Series Thinkpads are instantly recognizable for their aesthetic and have a long reputation for toughness. The black rectangular chassis and diagonal white ThinkPad logo frame a carbon-fiber lid, magnesium body and stainless steel hinges. The hinges are both flexible and durable, lasting longer than any other on the market. The T450S meets MIL-SPEC standards in 11 categories: high pressure, humidity, vibration, high temperature, temperature shock, low pressure (15,000 ft), low temperature, solar radiation, fungus, salt fog, and dust.
The T450s also features a spill-proof ergonomic keyboard. ThinkPads are renown for their comfortable keyboards, so they are great for extended typing. A backlit keyboard is also available.
The T450s has a battery that lasts over 12 hours of continuous browsing and it weighs less than 4 lbs, so it is ideal for business trips and travel. Its dimensions are 9.41 ” x 9. 15 ” x .83, ” so it is compact and the screen is on the smaller side.
5th gen Intel Core processors deliver excellent computing power and its SSD drives are top of the line.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad T450 is available from Amazon for about $640.
Most Rugged Laptop
If you need a laptop that can survive construction sites and industrial environmental hazards, go for the Latitude Rugged Extreme. It is fortified by a magnesium alloy backbone and is compression-sealed. The Latitude Rugged Extreme stands up to MIL-STD-810G testing. That means it can withstand Transit drop (72”,60”,48”; single unit; 78 drops), operating drop (36”), blowing rain, blowing dust, blowing sand, vibration, functional shock, humidity, salt fog (optional with rubberized keyboard), altitude, explosive atmosphere, solar radiation, thermal extremes, thermal shock, freeze/thaw, tactical standby to operational.
It has an operating thermal range of -20°F to 145°F and has ANSI/ISA.12.12.01 hazardous location certification, so it can be used in pretty much any environment on earth.
The Latitude 4 has both WiFi and 4G/LTE mobile broadband capability. It has 128Gb Mobility SSD and Intel Core i4 processor. At 8lbs, it is quite heavy.
The Latitude Rugged Extreme is available from Amazon for around $2400.