Here's some rough-and-tumble hardware for the rugged business traveler.
|Toughbook laptop |
Downside: It's a bit pricy The Panasonic Y5 Toughbook is light as a feather (3.7 pounds) and tough enough for even the most clumsy business traveler. How many drinks, peanuts and food trays have hit your laptop on a flight? You hover over the keyboard hoping that nothing will spill on it to fry the hard drive. No worries, if any of that stuff makes its way down because the Y5 has a spill-through keyboard. The magnesium alloy case provides a lighter yet tougher shell. The $2,500 price for the Y5 includes: Intel Core Duo LV L2400 1.66 Ghz (Centrino), 14.1 inch SXGA, 1.5 GB memory, 60 GB hard drive, DVD/CDRW, Intel 802.11 a/b/g, Win XP Pro SP2 (or Vista Business), TPM 1.2, Bluetooth, Verizon EVDO Rev A. Of particular note is the battery life (about 10 hours) per charge and the temperature of the battery while in use. The Y5 is not going to fry your lap while it's in use. There is only one minimal downside, and that's the price. But what price would you have to pay to replace a couple of wimpier laptops?
|Otterbox 3000 waterproof hard case |
Downside: Color choices Otterboxes come in a number of sizes, but what is unique about these hard-shell cases is that they are 100% waterproof and crushproof. The 3000 model is approximately 8" x 5" and would nicely hold a GPS device, PDA, cellphone or a portable hard drive.
|Aquapac waterproof soft case |
Downside: Not crushproof Unlike the Otterbox, the Aquapac is a soft, waterproof, case with a clear, front panel to see and access the click wheel on an iPod or the buttons on an MP3 player. It comes with an armband to strap your player on and is ultralight, weighing a mere 1.8 ounces. This would be great for business travelers who jog or for anyone who plans to be anywhere near the water. These are waterproof up to 15 feet and there is a three-year warranty. Site to See: