Frequently Asked Questions
What is a rugged laptop?
Fully rugged computers need to meet and exceed the specifications of MIL-STD-810F set out by the military. This means all components need additional hardening and protection from extreme temperatures, rapid temperature swings, humidity, vibration and altitude and be sealed against the possible entry of dust, water and damage from drops and shocks.
There are two basic standards. Ingress Protection (IP) rating and MIL-STD-810F are used to determine the ruggedness of a laptop. The IP rating uses two number to identify how protect the unit is against incursion by dust and water. The initial number ranging from 1 – 6 measures dust protection, second number measures water protection.
What does MIL-STD-810F/810G mean?
MIL-STD-810 is a range of test set by the US Department of Defense designed to address a series of environmental altitude testing under low pressure, exposure to extreme temperatures, water, humidity, sand and dust exposure, leakage, shock and transport shock and various vibrations.
What is the difference between a consumer grade laptop, business rugged, semi rugged and a fully rugged laptop?
Business rugged is designed for business use. These types are equip with all the standards of a consumer grade laptop but with enhanced features to protect against minor drops, shocks and spills.
Semi rugged can handle rougher treatment than a consumer-grade laptops and business rugged but they are not fully waterproof or dust proof, generally have a narrower temperature range, and do not meet all MIL-STD-810G specs. Most semi rugged computers have a lower IP rating. This means the unit is protected, though not sealed, against dust. It is resistant only to light splashing, but it’s not able to withstand jet sprays or immersion.
Fully rugged which are sealed against dust and moisture, and in some cases can even survive temporary immersion provided the IP rating is high enough. They have also passed a full battery of MIL-STD-810G tests, including drops, vibration, immersion and temperature extremes and are rated to at least IP54 or higher.