Rugged notebooks tend be relatively bulky and heavy compared to their mainstream counterparts —
all the required padding and protection has to go somewhere, after all. Getac’s convertible V110,
which costs from £2,235 (ex. VAT), is no exception, although by rugged standards this 11.6-inch system can fairly be described as ‘thin and light’.
The convertible 11.6-inch Getac V110 weighs 1.98kg and has MIL-TSD810G, IP65 and MIL-STD461F certification. Image: Charles McLellan/ZDNet
Measuring 29.9cm wide by 22.3cm deep by 3.4cm thick, the V110 bristles with outwardly visible toughening features —
and there are yet more on the inside. Not surprisingly, given all that’s going on here, the Getac V110 is heavy for an 11.6-inch notebook at 1.98kg.
The V110’s magnesium alloy chassis is hidden beneath a metal baseplate and another, contoured, metal sheet on the lid.
Try as we might, we were unable to flex the lid at all.
Meanwhile there are rubber polymer bumpers on the corners of the base section to protect the notebook’s edges from the knocks it will inevitably suffer.
The Getac V110 is certified to MIL-STD-810G and IP65, both of which apply a range of thresholds for resistance to temperature,
shock, water and dust ingress, and other stresses. It also meets MIL-STD-461F — a standard applied to military electronics suppliers relating to electromagnetic compatibility.
These compliances mean every connector and button has special protection. The power button,
volume controls and a pair of shortcut buttons are small, flat, rubberised nubs that can be operated with a gloved hand and withstand the ingress of dust and water.
The Windows button beneath the screen is also rubberised and protected.