From coffee spills to major falls, today’s gadgets take a lot of abuse thanks to their portability. Bumps and scraps happen, and business can’t come to a screeching halt, so check out these rugged gadgets that can take a beating.
Small business owners on the go often save their data on portable drives, but if that drive breaks due to a spill or tumble, it could mean losing thousands of dollars and hours. Hitachi sells a rugged portable drive that’s water proof and can withstand a 10-foot drop. The drive is so tough Hitachi claims it “it is able to survive being run over by a one-ton commercial-class truck.” The rugged drive comes in 320GB and 500 GB, which sells for $116.96 on Amazon.com. The LaCie Rugged All Terrain hard drive from LaCie has a shock-resistant rubber bumper and a scratch-protected aluminum case. The company says it can withstand falls of nearly three feet. The LaCie Rugged drive sells for $119.99.
Everyone’s done it; and while mobile phones are designed to withstand the occasional fall, a lot of bumps and bangs could result in a broken phone. If you are a heavy-handed cell phone user than a rugged mobile phone may be for you. The Sonim XP3 Quest mobile phone from Sonim Technologies can be submersed in water for 30 minutes, survive extreme heat, is impervious to dust and micro particles and is impact proof, which means it can withstand drops on concrete. But the durability doesn’t come cheap, it sells for $525 without a plan. A cheaper alternative is the Motorola Brute phone, it has rubberized molding and is military certified to withstand blowing rain, dust, shock, vibration and temperature extremes. The Brute costs $119.99 with a two-year plan from Sprint.
Tablet PCs are designed to be portable to keep up with professionals in the field, but not all of them can withstand the elements. The xTablet T7000 from Mobile Demand is a tiny tablet PC that runs the full Windows operating system. The 2.5 pound tablet is rugged enough to handle harsh environments and is military certified, which means information is safe if the device is dropped, shocked or exposed to tough conditions. Mobile Demand said the device can handle repeated drops to plywood over concrete from 48 inches. Interested customers have to contact the company. The F5v tablet PC by Motion Computing comes with a magnesium alloy casing and a shock mounted hard drive to protect against drops. It can also handle exposure to extreme wind, heat and rain. The device weighs about 3 pounds and sells for around $2,500.
Not all small business owners are on the go, some actually work at desks with a cup of coffee in their hands, and spills happen. While dropping coffee on the computer mouse or keyboard isn’t the end of the world, it can be an inconvenience. Enter Rugged Technology and its line of rugged keyboards and mice. The Ek-108-P washable keyboard weighs 2.5 pounds and is not only washable, but can also be submersed in water. The keyboard costs about $185 and can be purchase by contacting Rugged Technologies. Just like the keyboard, the company’s Mighty Mouse mouse is water proof and dust proof. It sells for around $85 through the company.
For a small business owner on the move, getting lost can mean losing out on a potential sale. Magellan makes a line of rugged GPS devices called the eXplorist series. These devices are water proof and rugged enough to withstand the elements whether you are out in an oil field or rushing to a meeting in the city. The eXplorits GPS series sells from $199.99 to $549.99.
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