Lab Reviews

EasyOffice gives you the basics, but not much more

EasyOffice Premium features all the relevant components of a decent productivity suite at a fraction of the cost of Microsoft Office, but there is a catch.

5 top office suites reviewed

Office productivity suites are beginning to resemble unified communication and collaboration tools, the GCN Lab discovers in its review of five new suites.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Getac PS236 Fully Rugged Handheld

Getac PS236 rugged handheld is fit for field duty

When you need to do a rough job in a small space, or have to be carrying your rugged gear all day, the PS236 might become your little yellow best friend.

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