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Theater of the not-so-absurd: Dell dramatizes Mil-Std testing

Dell has been making rugged computers for government users since 2008, which it released the ATG and XFR notebook models. Prior to that, the market was dominated by companies like Panasonic and Itronix

Since then, Dell has released quite a few rugged products, including a very tough ultrabook, the Latitude 6430u, which earned a favorable review earlier this year.

Now Dell is looking to its federal customers for stories about how their Dell gear is working in the field. Users can submit their stories directly to the rugged Dell blog site, or through Twitter or Instagram using the @DellRugged and #MyRugged hashtag.

To help get the ball rolling, Dell created a pretty funny video that shows exactly how the U.S. Military Standard (MIL-STD) 810G testing works. Any notebook that is called “rugged” needs to be tested against these standards. While the video is designed to be funny, with a lawyer supposedly standing in for a lab technician who called in sick, the tests represent the actual rugged testing done under MIL-STD 810G. Rugged gear really is tested against heat, cold, moisture, humidity, sand and dust, vibration and shock – but not snakes. 

The Dell video shows that in adverse conditions, well-designed rugged gear has a much higher survivability rate than its human users. That toughness is probably why the government is one of its biggest buyers of that type of equipment and even sets the standards that all rugged gear must follow.

If you have some tough Dell gear that survived a close call or two, and were lucky enough to survive yourself, why not share the experience with the world?

Posted by John Breeden II on Nov 07, 2013 at 9:31 AM


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