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Getac shows off world's first 5G-enabled fully rugged laptop

By Raymond Lau - on 28 Jul 2020, 8:43am

Getac shows off world’s first 5G-enabled fully rugged laptop

When it comes to rugged laptops and tablets, Panasonic’s Toughbook is probably one of the few top brands most of us can recall.

Despite that market leadership, however, they’ve been beaten to the punch by smaller Taiwanese competitor Getac to introduce the world’s first 5G-enabled fully rugged laptop.

Formed in 1989 as a joint venture with GE Aerospace, Getac is actually no small fry. It reported US$872 million in revenue in 2019, and has customers all over the world covering industries from agriculture to mining to the military.

It is also the only rugged PC maker to offer a generous 5-year warranty on their products, compared to only 3 years on the Toughbooks.

In addition to first-to-market 5G compatibility, Getac’s new B360 laptop also boasts the brightest display ever seen in the rugged class. The 1,400 nits full HD display is more than twice the brightness of your regular consumer grade laptops.   

The B360 will be able to take almost anything you throw at it thanks to its MIL-STD 810H certification. It can withstand drops of up to 1.8 metres (6 feet), and the IP66 rating ensures it is completely protected from dust ingress, as well as high pressure water jets and spillages.

Other notable features for field work include dual hot-swappable batteries, and optional add-ons like additional serial ports to allow legacy or customised military equipment to be connected directly to the device.

Customers also have the option to spec a PCMCIA, ExpressCard, or a discrete graphics card, as well as a DVD or Blu Ray drive as required.

Unfortunately, this is not an off-the-shelf device like all specialised gadgets, so you’ll have to contact Getac directly if you’re interested in buying any. Hit up their website to find out more.