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What Makes a Rugged Laptop So Tough?


When you hear about rugged laptops, you probably picture a laptop that looks tough and is built to withstand a lot of abuse, but do you know exactly what makes them so tough? In this blog entry, we will discuss what makes a rugged laptop different from traditional notebooks, by examining the components and the certifications that a rugged laptop must obtain in order to qualify as rugged.

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Strong Components

In order for a tough laptop to be strong, it needs to be made using the strongest parts available. Below is a list of just a few of the parts on tough laptops that go above and beyond a normal laptop.

Magnesium alloy cases

Magnesium alloys are among the lightest and strongest in the world, which means that you can have a durable laptop that doesn’t weigh as much as a small truck.

Sealed designs

In order to stop dust, dirt, water, and other particles from damaging or destroying components, manufacturers have started designing their tough laptops as sealed systems that will work in the rain, a dust storm, or other harsh conditions.

Shock-mounted hard drives

Regular hard drives can skip with even a small shock or a fast movement. The hard drives used in these rugged laptops won’t skip a beat, even if you drop them!

The Highest Testing Standards


This standard is used by the U.S. military to test a number of stresses that a product may be exposed to, including:

  • Extreme temperatures
  • Pressure changes
  • Environmental factors (rain, humidity, sand, salt fog, solar radiation)
  • Shock
  • Gunfire and ballistic shock
  • Many other stresses and shocks

While all products are not subjected to all of these tests, it does show just how seriously the standard is taken. When a rugged laptop receives MIL-STD-810 certification, it means that you can expect a strong product that can withstand a lot of rough treatment.


The International Protection Marking is a set of standards designed to rate how protected an object is from intrusion by body parts (hands, fingers), water, and dust.

IP65 compliance means that a laptop is dust tight and can withstand water jets without intrusion or harmful effects.

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