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What Dell’s Rugged Devices Can Do

Client Computing | Posted on July 20, 2018

During a frustrating workday, some of us might wish that our laptop was engulfed in flames, or dropped on a concrete floor. But for people who work in harsh environments like firefighters or police, that’s just a normal part of being on the job. Their devices endure extreme thermal shocks, precipitation, and other hazards. They need devices designed for extreme conditions, like Dell’s Rugged line of laptops and tablets.

What sets Dell’s Rugged devices apart is how they’re tested. Dell’s engineers try as hard as they can to make their devices fail. They spray them with water cannons that output three gallons of water per minute. They drop them from six feet off the ground, then put them in a dust machine. Thermal testing chambers administer temperatures of up to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, and down to -20. Devices in the Rugged line take all this punishment and still boot up happily.

This durability makes the Rugged line invaluable in dirty, dangerous, and unpredictable jobs. Here are some examples of people who can benefit from their features.

The Military

Today’s soldiers are data-driven as much as any information worker. They continuously track weather conditions and troop movements, send reports up the chain of command, and exchange graphical intelligence with other units. However, unlike other information workers, they’re doing this in winter conditions and in the desert. Accordingly, they need a tablet that works when they’re wearing thick gloves, or walking through a sandstorm. They need a tablet that maintains normal functionality when it’s cooking in desert sunlight and keeps running even while its batteries are being swapped. The Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet can do all of this, making it a literal lifesaver.

The Police

The police have a unique combination of device requirements. Doing surveillance work requires a laptop with multiple ports, whether for cameras, card readers or other peripherals. Doing this in a patrol car makes portability essential. The Latitude Rugged 12 Extreme Convertible Laptop fits this niche perfectly. When you need a slim form factor, it’s a tiny tablet. When you need to plug in a bunch of devices, it’s a capable workstation. And, when you need to drop it, it’ll survive a 72″ plunge to the pavement.

Remote Survey Teams

There’s usually a reason that unexplored places are unexplored. It’s because they’re not fun. They’re hot, or wet, or mountainous, or just very remote. If you’re a member of a remote survey team, you need long-lasting battery life and good screen real estate in a reasonably lightweight device like the Latitude 14 Rugged Laptop that will survive the most adverse conditions. With ports that are protected from dust and water and an optional backlit keyboard, it provides the resilience of the Rugged line in an ergonomic, well-balanced package.

Oil Rig Engineers

Oil rig engineers need to have the endurance of a seafarer and the intelligence of a scientist. Their laptops need the same. Which is why the outrageously durable Latitude Rugged 14 Extreme Laptop is a good choice for this profession. It features a big, bright touchscreen that will survive salt fog, pressurized water, and other shocks. Its powerful Intel i7 processor is capable of performing analytic and diagnostic tasks under these difficult conditions. Moreover, those analytics will look pretty, thanks to an optional AMD Radeon graphics card. No other laptop makes it as easy to run intensive simulations while you’re being besieged by the surf.

And Everything Else

These are only a few of the applications of Dell Rugged devices. Ultimately, it’s all about the luxury of possibility. When you can count on getting high performance in the pouring rain, a burning building or the desert at night, a whole new world of work opens up.

To see the full line of Dell Rugged Devices and specs click here to learn more.

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