"The Best Rugged Computer I've Used!"4.0 starson by DavesAlive
Pros: Screen readable in bright sunlight (without being plugged in), water resistant, durable for field environment; resists dust and high wind issues. Back lit keyboard, good WiFi, Touch Screen, Excellent battery life
Cons: Only one USB port, can get a little hot, RAM only upgradable to 1 GB.
Summary: I purchased this laptop for my field notebook. I work as an engineer in telecommunications, and needed a laptop that would stand up to the normal abuse of working in a variable climate environment. I deal with a lot of humidity, rain, dust, grime, heat and cold. I needed a computer that would be up to the task of working in a variety of different climates.My Model Standard Specs, before upgrading the RAM and hard drive:
This isn't the fastest computer. Not made for gaming. But it will run the few applications at a time I need when running my specific tests. I can run my diagnostic software and a few other applications to get the job done.
My particular model has a touch screen a fire wire port, one USB port, a DVD/CD drive, WiFi, and a 120GB hard drive. Would be nice having an additional USB port, but not a big deal as I can use a USB hub when needed.
I've been using Toughbooks for the past few years, and find them a valuable tool in a variety of environments.
Updated on Jul 9, 2011
Description: Intel Pentium M 778 1.6GHzLv (Centrino),13.3" Touch XGA,512MB,80GB,Intel 802.11a+b+g, WIN XP SP2, Emissive Backlit Keyboard, TPM1.2, no drive