2Straight Out of the Box
3The Eagle, Opened
4Dropping the Eagle
5A Higher Drop for the Eagle
After verifying the Eagle was working fine, the height was increased. The specs said the Eagle could handle drops of up to 29 inches, so this test looked at desk height, still with the laptop closed. We forgot to lock the DVD drive, so when we dropped it on the right, the drive opened. But everything still worked fine.
6Ports Are Protected
7Spilling Water on the Keyboard
8The Water Goes Straight Through
The keyboard is designed with a channel so that all the water flows directly through and out of the laptop via a hole in the bottom. Of the 100 mL that was sloshed over the keyboard and then to the side, about 85 mL of water came right out the bottom. After the keyboard was dried thoroughly with towels, the Eagle powered on as normal and operated properly.
For most folks, the laptop falls while it’s powered on and opened. We tripped over the power cord to knock the laptop off the table, but the power cord popped out, leaving the Eagle safely on the table. Even after it was pushed off the table, open and powered on, the laptop worked fine. The protective bezel around the screen came loose, but it easily snapped back into place, leaving it as good as new.
The recommended rugged tests didn’t fit real-world instances (keeping it powered off? Please!), but even under semi-real-world scenarios, the Eagle emerged-with the bezel around the screen slightly askew-perfectly operational. The hard drive was scanned for problems at the end, but no errors were found. Not bad for a regular (not solid state!) hard disk drive.