When most people think of laptops, ultraportable notebooks or gaming laptops usually come to mind. There’s another segment for those who work in public safety, governments, military, and field service: the semi-rugged computer. The Durabook S14I is the latest semi-rugged computer from the company which claims it is the “most durable semi-rugged computer available.”
“Our customers are demanding more from their semi-rugged devices, as they expand the definition of the modern workplace,” said Joe Guest, President, Durabook Americas. “The design of the Durabook S14I challenges users to take the device out of the office and into the field, where they can work without compromise. The S14I is engineered for non-traditional work environments, delivering military-grade durability, field-worker functionality, desktop performance and hot-swappable batteries for non-stop use. The new Durabook is designed from the inside out to deliver reliability and performance under the most challenging working environment. The S14I pushes the semi-rugged class into new realms.”
The 4′ drop rating — a first for the category — is a 33% improvement over typical semi-rugged computers. The S14I also offers a class first IP53 rating and has an operational range of -4°F – 140°F (-20°C – 60°C).
While durability is important out in the field, so is performance. The Durabook S14I opffers 8th-Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 options with an Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU. Those requiring more demanding graphics can get the optional GTX1050.
The semi-rugged computer also features a 14”, 1000 Nit, 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS DynaVue display with Stealth and Night Vision modes. The company’s DynaVue technology increases clarity and viewability in “challenging lighting conditions” while maintaining battery life.
On the connectivity front, the S14I features an Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 9260 WiFi card. Bluetooth 5.0, and a Sierra Wireless EM7565 4G LTE module for working outside of Wi-Fi range. The device includes various expandable and configurable I/O options, including PCMCIA + Express Card or PCMCIA x2, HDMI, VGA, SIM, RJ-45, USB3.1, USB 2.0, RS-422 an optional RFID reader, LAN, display port x2, RS-232 support and more.
Available starting in November from authorized resellers, the Durabook S14I starts at $1,849USD.