Computer manufacturers pride themselves on the versatility of their products, but sometimes only a device tailored for a specific situation will do in providing optimal operation in tough situations. Take a look at 3 examples of computers specially evolved for exacting situations.
1. The Active Engineer – Equipped with a hardened shell to protect delicate electronics from constant movement, communications engineers need extra layers of defense for their computers, especially if there are environmental factors to deal with. A slightly larger than average keyboard is designed for users wearing gloves in inclement weather and is exactingly engineered to protect the keys against penetration from dust and moisture. Every inch of the case is shaped for maximum grip, but a rugged construction, possibly carbon fiber, can shrug off the occasional drop. The internal guts of the computer are equipped with mechanical shock protection, especially for the hard drive, a component that’s typically replaced by high-end SSDs, solid state storage drives, for added reliability and data protection.
2. Military Toughened – This configuration of military computers goes several steps beyond the typical rugged laptop, using uncompromising electronic components to defeat intense activity in unfriendly terrain. Pinpoint GPS tracking modules enable worldwide coordinate fixing within a split-second. Low-light features illuminate the keyboard and ports without alerting nearby threats. Coarse sand and splashes of freezing cold water are no challenge for this breed of computer. Carbon fiber is even more desirable in this type of computer, reinforcing the frame, delivering a low weight build that can quickly be shoved into a military backpack. Gorilla glass coverage on the display and a high-contrast monitor, viewable from a wide angle, ensures the device can be operated at any hour and in any environment. The internal components take account of possible EMF pulses by including extra RF shielding in the design.
3. The IT Professional – Information technology finds its way into the most unlikely spaces. A user needs to know that extremes of activity and environment are matched by a standard that goes far beyond the average computer. Deployment of an IT professional in an outdoor location that’s both challenging and rife with obstacles can’t be slowed or compromised by a design that only focuses on durability. Sacrifice performance to rugged build and a project is no longer productive. IT computers use specialized thermal systems to maintain performance levels without reducing the toughness factor. New designs even include flexible form-factors that transform from the traditional computer shape into a tablet configuration thanks to innovative hinge designs. Finally, advanced 4G wireless keeps the worker solidly connected to the deployment center, automatically switching to different world standards while overseas.
The revolution in mobile design has created a range of smartphones and tablets that are resistant to scratches and waterproof to several feet. Onsite computers are catching up with this practice, delivering sizes and shapes that can be held in one hand while the operator works on a complex task. Innovative battery designs are just as rugged and long lasting to the point that an entire day of labor-intensive work can be completed without recharges. Indeed, some models use hot swappable batteries with a built-in uninterruptible power supply to keep the computer chugging along until the fresh battery is clicked into place.