The Sony Vaio W-series is expensive at $500, but it would do well for users who deal with multimedia on a variety of devices with different types of storage.
Toshiba's Mini NB205-N210 has a well-designed interface and the best performance, lowest price and longest battery life -- by far -- in the roundup. No wonder it gets the Review's Choice designation.
Fujitsu's M2010 mini-notebook is a nicely apportioned netbook designed for multimedia use. Its bright screen and impressively loud speakers definitely contribute to that.
The Dell Latitude 2100, priced at $473 as configured for this review, is designed for the classroom and would do well in any educational setting.
The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 is a good, general-use netbook that comes at a great price. It would do well in an environment where money is an issue and every ounce of weight matters.
The HP Mini 5101 has an expansive keyboard and enhanced communications features and would be best suited in an environment with gigabit network connections and/or wireless-N capabilities.
The GD 8000 is a good computer that could easily fit into almost any vehicle. The 7.9-pound laptop PC could also be carried if needed, though it’s not as rugged as the Toughbook 30 outside. But with a government price of $4,250, it’s less expensive, too.
Even though the Toughbook 30 is a bit of an anchor, it’s the most rugged laptop in this roundup, suffering not a scratch in all our testing. If you absolutely, positively have to make sure your data and apps survive, the Toughbook 30 is the way to go.
The GCN Lab tests eight rugged devices ― from phones and cameras to laptop PCs and vehicle-mounted computers ― that are fit for military and other tough assignments.
With a list price of $2,384, the J3400 is certainly the rugged tablet we would recommend for those who need a tablet PC without the extra burden of a convertible setup.
The V100 convertible is a nice unit if you need something tiny. But it’s not nearly as rugged as billed, especially in terms of protection against shock. If you’re going to use a V100, be sure not to drop it.
Although it looks like a standard Toughbook 30, this is an upgraded model with features that will appeal to military troops and undercover police officers.