The GCN Lab picks the best of the best from the products it reviewed this year. Any of these superstar products will serve well in the office, and do it better than other products in its class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This sleek slate tablet lets you cheat and plug into a clever docking station that adds a full-size, waterproof keyboard to the configuration.
The Armor tablet is surprisingly powerful, showing that its 64-bit Windows 7 operating system can handle any task you give it.
The IronKey Enterprise suite is software that makes deploying and monitoring your rugged key drives a very simple process.
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.
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.