We test drop-proof laptops for working outside
Sure, the Windows 10 April Update contained some tools that can help you concentrate and get work done, but what if you need a laptop that is just as hardy as your workload?
Well, the best rugged laptops might be just what you’re looking for. We’ve gone ahead and listed all the best laptops that can keep up with the roughest lifestyles – the best rugged laptops can handle drops, knocks and extreme temperatures.
The best rugged laptops will have solidly built bodies that can withstand drops, or even pressure being placed on it – like if something heavy falls on it. They should also protect against liquid, dust and extreme temperatures. You should be able to take it anywhere on Earth.
Don’t forget, however, that the best rugged laptops need to actually keep up with the best laptops. So, we’re looking for laptops that aren’t just rugged, but feature powerful components as well.
So, if you work on a busy work site, or are constantly using your laptop while traveling, then buying the best rugged laptop for your needs is essential, so read on to find our top picks for 2018.
- Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme
The very best rugged laptop
CPU: Intel Core i3-6100U | Graphics: Intel Graphics 520 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 14-inch 1366 x 768 | Storage: 128GB SSD | Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, optional GPS, LTE | Weight: 3.9kg | Dimensions: 356 x 246 x 52mm
Very rugged design
Can configure the hardware
Only 4 GB of RAM in base model
Big and heavy
The Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme is easily the best rugged laptop you can buy today, and while it’s been around for a while now, this is still a fantastically designed rugged laptop that meets military standard (MIL-STD) requirements. It has a rigid magnesium alloy build, shock-absorbent case, is IP65 certified against dust, sand and water, and can even withstand extreme temperatures. It also has some pretty beefy internals as well, and like other Dell laptops, you’ll be able to customise the Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme so that it runs on the best components for your needs. If the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme is a bit overboard for your needs, you may find the next laptop on our list more to your liking.
- This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Dell Latitude 14 Rugged