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​Why the Military and First Responders Trust Tough Laptops


If you were to ask a bunch of random people on the street about who they think has the toughest jobs out there, you’d probably hear a lot of people talking about members of the military and first responders. Everyone who thinks about it would realize that people in the military and first responders like paramedics, fire fighters, and police officers, all deal with some of the most difficult job conditions out there.

If you are a first responder, are serving in the military, or you have a job where conditions aren’t always the best, you need a rugged laptop that can handle the stress of your work. At OC Rugged, we carry one of the largest selections of tough laptops from the most trusted brands. Check out our online store now or contact us to get a quote, learn about volume discounts, or if you have any questions about the computers we have for sale.

Built to Handle Rough Rides

Many modern laptops now feature solid-state drives as standard, but a surprisingly large number still ship with traditional hard disc drives. While hard disk drives have long been the standard, they are not nearly as reliable, stable, or fast as solid-state drives.

Speed, stability, and reliability are paramount when your work can be a matter of life and death. Solid-state drives are not at risk of mechanical failure, which means that you won’t have to worry about losing everything on your computer when you need it most. Whether you’re in the military, a first responder, or your job is a little less high-stakes, a laptop that won’t quit when things get bumpiest is a good idea.

Protection From the Environment

Most laptops were designed to be used by people at home or in an office. Manufacturers can reasonably make certain assumptions about these environments (temperature, humidity levels, etc.) that allow them to pick components that will hold up under these relatively stable conditions. As the vast majority of computers are used in offices and homes, most manufacturers never bother to create cases that are water-, dust-, smoke-, or sand-resistant, or include parts that withstand shocks, drops, and extreme temperatures.

First responders and military service members use tough laptops because they are pieces of highly specialized equipment that were designed with these extreme conditions in mind. Don’t let heat, humidity, or normal wear-and-tear destroy your regular laptop when you can find an affordable rugged notebook that features the processing power and programs that you need.

Browse the OC Rugged store today to find a pre-built tough laptop that is right for you or your team, or configure laptops to your exact specifications. We are proud to work with first responders, so if you are in charge of purchasing for your agency, contact us to find out about the many ways that we can provide you with the technology you need at prices that work on your budget. Check out the rest of our blog page for more information about rugged laptops that you can find right here at OC Rugged!

​Two Reasons to Lease a Refurbished Toughbook

If you know that the next few months of your work will take place in less-than-hospitable conditions, you might be wondering if it is a good idea to invest in a rugged laptop. When your work takes place outside, especially in very humid, very dry, very dusty, or very rainy conditions, the answer is yes.While [...]

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The Right Rugged Laptops For Law Enforcement

When you are responsible for finding new rugged laptops for a law enforcement agency, it can be difficult to know where to start looking. Below are a few ways that the tough laptops at OC Rugged are superior to other options available on the internet or anywhere else. When you need laptops from the brands [...]

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​Is a Refurbished Toughbook Right For Me?

While it’s obvious why rugged laptops are ideal for members of the military and first responders, you might be surprised to learn that these tough laptops are a great choice for everyone from students to scientists to businesspeople! Check out the rest of this blog entry to learn about three of the best features of [...]

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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 [...]

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Rugged Laptops for First Responders

When you are a police officer, fire fighter, EMT, or another kind of first responder, you know how important having the right equipment is. Whether you need it to perform the most vital and immediate functions of your job, or you rely on it to keep track of the aftermath of an emergency, having reliable [...]

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Three Reasons to Order Rugged Laptops

No matter what your company or organization does, it is important to have the technology you need to be able to stay in contact with your team, compile data, and perform many other functions. While there is no shortage of companies that will sell you a computer, if your work takes you outside into less-than-ideal [...]

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