Lab Reviews


Lotus Notes improves with office-suite capabilities

While it's not a full office suite, the new features and clean interface of Lotus 8.5 merit some recognition.

Microsoft Office 2010 brings collaboration into the suite

Microsoft has long been the standard among office suites, and Office 2010 is no exception.

WordPerfect X5 makes everything easy for the user

WordPerfect Office X5 is focusing on how interoperability with the Web can improve workflow.

OpenOffice has all the tools, at the right price

Looking for a robust office suite that is professional and lacks any kind of bells and whistles? Then look no further than OpenOffice 3.2.

5 workhorse workstations built for the tough jobs

The GCN Lab takes a look at five powerful workstations and finds they offer plenty of power and room for more, although all have their limitations.

Dell Latitude E6400 XFR

Dell Latitude E6400 XFR is as tough as they come

This black laptop PC is built like a tank and is only slightly lighter. But that weight is mostly armor that protects it from extremes of all sorts.

Fortress Technologies ES820 Vehicle Mesh Point

Fortress Vehicle Mesh Point creates a network in the outdoors

Once installed in a vehicle, the ES820 is surprisingly rugged. We took the ES820 off-road through rocks, streams and more than a little mud.

GammaTech R13S Rugged Notebook

GammaTech R13S is one tough convertible laptop-tablet

The R1S3 can function as a rugged laptop most of the time, but could be converted to a tablet for activities such as filling out forms or working in the field.

Casio G’zOne Brigade

Casio G'zOne Brigade rugged phone would make James Bond proud

At just six ounces, the Brigade weighs little more than a regular phone, but is rugged enough to withstand just about anything you can throw at it.

GammaTech D14RM Rugged Notebook

GammaTech D14RM laptop takes a light approach to ruggedness

The D14RM is a featherweight of a rugged laptop, coming in at just 6 pounds, 5 ounces without its power cables. That might seem heavy, but compared to the near 10-pound monsters in this field, it's light.

Motion Computing J2500

Motion Computing J3500 is a light, rugged tablet with surprising power

This sleek slate tablet lets you cheat and plug into a clever docking station that adds a full-size, waterproof keyboard to the configuration.

10 rugged devices that are fit for all seasons

The GCN Lab tests 10 of 2010's toughest computing devices, including laptops and tablet PCs, a vehicle-mounted computer, and a phone that would make James Bond proud.

Panasonic Toughbook 31

Toughbook 31 combines powerhouse performance with long battery life

The Toughbook line has been one of the standards in rugged laptops for many years now and the newly designed Toughbook 31 is no exception to that rule.

Armor X10gx slate tablet

The Armor X10gx slate tablet withstands heat, cold and plenty of water

The Armor tablet is surprisingly powerful, showing that its 64-bit Windows 7 operating system can handle any task you give it.

IronKey Enterprise

IronKey Enterprise gives admins total control of secure drives

The IronKey Enterprise suite is software that makes deploying and monitoring your rugged key drives a very simple process.