As a programmer by trade who wants to leave the USA for an extended, unplanned trip through the world, I need a really bad-ass laptop for text-editing. One of those pieces of electronics that looks like a hand grenade and can go through a couple wash cycles. Looking for waterproof/long battery life/low-end hardware. I am wondering if there is a holy grail of waterproof, break-proof, hand-grenade-like laptops that I have not found yet. Yee-haw!
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Look for the "enterprise grade" lines of laptops. Most manufacturers have several lines, with flimsier ones for "home use" (won't get moved around so much) and "for serious use" ones that are sturdier. Sadly, the second ones are quite a bit more expensive (but also beefier machines).
I've also seen machines like you describe in use inside a mine, for industrial heavy-duty use. I'd be surprised if anything short of a grenade directly on top could harm them in any way, but then again, they were anything but what I'd want to use (At that time Pentium I was the rage, those were i386 IIRC... and no upgrade in sight. The weight was a bit less than a medium suitcase of bricks.).
I have been very happy with my Samsung N210 netbook (it's what I'm using now). A bit slow for some stuff, but very portable (your back will thank you for that). Battery lasts around 8 hours too.
Getac B300, ROCKY RT, Toughbook 31, ROCKY RF, Getac A790, ROCKY RK, Latitude E6400 XFR, General Dynamics GD8000, Algiz XRW
Well, there is equipment for firefighters and soldiers. Who knows where the program will have to)).
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General Dynamics Itronix GD8200 - 13.3" - Core i7 2655LE