Dell Makes Rugged Laptops and Tablets Too!

In 2008, Dell threw their hat into the rugged notebook ring with their first ever fully ruggedized laptop, the Dell Latitude XFR D630. Dell’s first few attempts at establishing their line of rugged laptops and tablets were to retrofit existing Dell retail equipment with ruggedized casing and rubber bumpers to make them more durable. However, they have since improved from the ground up, resulting in a range of equipment that is now highly competitive within their respective classes.

How Tough is Dell Rugged Technology?

Dell offers rugged laptops and tablets certified with MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-810H for drop, heat, cold, vibration, and water resistance. Their fully rugged units have an ingress protection rating of IP65 or higher. Not only that, but all Dell rugged laptops and tablets are EPEAT-Silver certified; this mean that you don’t have to sacrifice durability for saving the environment.

These devices are powerful and equipped with an Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, making them suitable for running demanding software and intensive tasks. Additionally, most of Dell's current models support Windows 11, Microsoft’s latest operating system. For added security and reliability, Dell implemented a TPM chip to each of their devices in order to help oppose threats against firmware and ransomware attacks.

Laptop Features

Several significant features that help Dell ruggedized laptops stand out are their daylight-readable screens, with some models sporting up to a 1400nit screen, high-definition matte widescreens, touchscreens, and backlit chiclet keyboards.

Some other key rugged Dell laptop features include:

  • Onboard DVD+RW drive
  • Dual hot-swappable batteries
  • Face-recognition webcam for Windows Hello
  • Secure port covers and garaged stylus

Tablet Features

Dell's rugged tablets come with a wide range of innovative features and have unique qualities that won’t be found in just any other rugged tablet. Their tablets can come optional with several upgrade options such as kickstand, magnetic detachable keyboard, barcode reader, and smart card reader. Many of these add-ons are easily attachable and removable without the need for the use of any tools. Another example of their build quality is that their touch screens can be used with a stylus, finger, glove and in the rain. Some other key features included:

  • FHD webcam
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • Daylight-readable screens
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • Hardware Buttons

The Advantage of Dell in Rugged Computing

The brand 'DELL' has been around for a long time. They know computers and put out a quality product. They have been around the retail space for even longer time than they have the rugged space and have used their knowledge and experience in said space to advance the design and functionality of their rugged computers to the maximum. Considering the ground that they have covered in such little time, it will be exciting to watch them push out even better units for their rugged customers in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

After a lot of use, the hinges get loose and can eventually have difficulty supporting the screen. The simple fix for this problem is to remove the hinge covers and retighten the screws and bolts on the hinges.

They are not waterproof, but their fully rugged laptops have good water resistance. Use the Ingress Protection (IP) rating to judge how rugged a laptop is. Most fully-rugged laptops have an IP65 rating.

There is no universal answer to the best computer here. This typically comes down to circumstance and preference. The closest that we could get to answering this question is through our Selection Assistance Form. With this form, we better understand what laptop would best suit your needs.