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5 Ultra-Resilient Tech Gadgets for Rugged Conditions

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To protect your high-tech gadgets against moisture damage, you can always resort to waterproofing with Liquipel. For a minimum of 59 per smartphone and $89 per tablet, the nanotechnology-based Liquipel application can effectively waterproof your mobile device to withstand the damaging effects of water. However, for extreme conditions such as high altitudes, wind, rain, as well as temperature highs and lows, toting hardy electronics is a must. Here are five tech gear designed for rugged environmental conditions.

Dell’s Latitude E6420 XFR

Dell sets a price tag of $3210.50 for its E6420 XFR. A highly durable laptop designed for field work in harsh environments, Dell’s Latitude E6420 XFR has BallisticArmor features that protect the computing device from humidity, dust, extreme temperatures, and spills. The machine can withstand being dropped from a height of up to six feet. Its operating temperature range is -20°F to 145°F. When switched off, it can withstand temperatures from -60°F to 160°F.

Dell’s Latitude E6420 XFR secures your data by offering encryption options for the hard drive and login access safety measures such as a contactless smart card and a fingerprint reader. Its screen enables you to clearly see the display screen even under the harsh glare of sunlight. It is also equipped with an optional touch-sensitive functionality, if you are wearing thick gloves, for example, and typing on the keyboard is not possible.

IoSafe’s Rugged Portable drive

This piece of electronic marvel by IoSafe has been publicly shown being shot up with a 12-gauge shotgun. Its Thunderbolt edition that comes with a grounding cap was also publicly demonstrated holding out and keeping its stored data in pristine condition after the drive was zapped by an eight-foot-tall million-volt Tesla coil.

The 1TB IoSafe Rugged Portable costs $319 and can protect your stored data even through a 20-foot drop, 5000-pound crushing force, and a three-day 30-foot immersion in water. IoSafe’s SSD version of its rugged portable hard drive with a 120GB capacity has a starting price of $499.

LaCie’s XtremKey USB 3.0

LaCie’s exceptionally resilient USB drive comes with a three-year warranty and starting prices of $80 for the 32GB version, $130 for 64GB, and $180 for 128GB. The handy storage drive reads data at a rate of 230MB per second and is secured by a 256-bit AES encryption.

LaCie XtremKey USB 3.0 is waterproofed for up to a depth of 200 meters and can withstand a 30-second fire exposure and a 10-meter drop. Its operating temperature range is 41°F to 95°F. When it is not activated, it can withstand temperatures from -4°F to 140°F.

Olympus’ TG-820 iHS

If you need a trusty point-and-shoot camera for less-than-ideal environments, consider Olympus’ TG-820 iHS. At a price tag of $250, you get a 12-megapixel image sensor, 5X optical zoom, and a full 1080p HD video capture. This rugged camera can take the shock of a drop from up to 6.6 feet, a crushing force of up to 220 pounds, and frigid temperatures down to 14°F. Waterproofed to a maximum depth of 33 feet, Olympus TG-820 iHS is one tough consumer-grade electronic gadget to take with you while vacationing in your favorite extreme sports locale.

Panasonic’s ToughPad FZ-A1

If you need the functionality of a tablet minus the fragile construction, consider Panasonic’s ToughPad FZ-A1, an Android 4.0 device sporting a 10.1-inch daylight-readable display screen and a Dual-core 1.2Gz processor that can withstand a little rough handling. With a starting price of $1,300, the ruggedized ToughPad FZ-A1 is rated to survive a four-foot drop, high altitudes, humidity, and rain.

By K. Ong

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