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Needing a REAL tough Sea worthy Laptop

Hewlett-packard / Pavillion a000?
March 29, 2010 at 10:43:47
Specs: Windows XP sp3, 3GB
Hey all, my brother needs me to build him up one heckuva beefy and absolutely bomb proof (not literally) laptop. He spends all day out on the ocean, so this machine needs to be able to withstand some seawater splashes once in a while too. I'm talk'n something that the military would use type of machine here. But for under the hundred thousand dollar mark per laptop that we spend for our military research here in the U.S.

I would need to be able to put XP Pro on it too to add to the complication here. Best part - he needs it as soon as I can get it.

Any leads will sure be of a huge help here.

Thanks for the help in advance!

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March 29, 2010 at 11:05:28
never used one, so I can only go by the rep.


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March 29, 2010 at 11:57:49
There was a laptop called "tough book" Claims = water proof and can withstand a drop of 20 ? feet.

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March 29, 2010 at 12:58:46
There are a number of "ruggedized" computers. They are not nuclear bomb resistant, electronic (counter)countermeasure resistant or secure to crypto standards and not fully tested to save one's life and while I have never heard of a 100K laptop they do run $4K or more. You do understand that the military expects stuff to work in a war zone..

Look at these. If you buy 10,000 or more you might get a break on the price.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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March 29, 2010 at 13:50:24
Itronix is another good brand but none of these are cheap...

Pay close attention to the nomenclature in the descriptions when you go to buy any brand. There is a big difference between rugged, ruggedized, etc.

Whatever you get, you'll still need to protect it from direct sunlight, salt spray, etc as much as possible.

Some definitions of tough, rugged...


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March 30, 2010 at 05:28:02
Thanks everybody. It's a good start for me to investigate. Jefro, as ex-military myself, my snide remark of the $100k price tag was analogous to the age old proverbial $3k toilet seat in the White House. perhaps not literal, and yes, I know stuff needs to work when we're out on the line. My brother thinks sea water is bad, try a crapload of sand blow'n all the time.

Anyway, thanks again.

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March 30, 2010 at 15:01:21
I knew about the EMP, salt air/water, stack gases, power hits and drops.You'd be surprised how much damage a sailor can do to stuff.

I tried to get awards for some of that stuff but you find out some things come with the schools or support or other things that really do make the cost that much. Dunno about the Air Force and it's toilet seats. I guess they could use schools on how to use them.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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