Lenovo ThinkPad Goes Semirugged Against Panasonic, Dell

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Lenovo ThinkPad Goes Semirugged Against Panasonic, Dell

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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The Lenovo ThinkPad "semirugged" laptops' brighter screens, 3G/4G connectivity and longer battery life are all designed to appeal to those engaging in frequent field work.

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One of the tests included blowing dust at the laptop for an extended period of time. Semirugged and rugged laptops, which see a good deal of use in military and construction applications, need to remain operational even within high-dust environments.

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Durability features for the semirugged ThinkPads include an internal "air bag" that protects the hard drive should the laptop suddenly drop, and a "roll cage" frame that provides additional shielding for internal components.

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In the High Temperature test, the ThinkPads were baked up to 140 degrees. The laptops were also subjected to low temperatures of minus 4 degrees and to a Temperature Shock test, involving rapid fluctuations between these two extremes.

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By using a special apparatus to jostle and jolt the ThinkPad, Lenovo could simulate how well the laptop would hold up during long off-road car trips or especially turbulent flights-should one's enterprise activities, say, take him or her into the African bush.

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