And their batteries must last longer since there are few power outlets in the field.
The market for standard-size rugged notebook computers is led by Panasonic, Getac, and Dell.
And of these, Getac's longtime nemesis has been Panasonic.
Panasonic's Toughbook CF31 and Getac's B300 are the Ali and Frazier, or Frazier and Ali, of rugged notebooks, evenly matched heavyweight fighters where one might be ahead and then the other.
There are other contenders, such as Gamma Tech and Amrel (now Mil Def), and there are some Taiwan-based OEMs selling ruggedized notebooks under third party brands.
But it's probably fair to say that Panasonic and Dell are Getac's major competitive targets.
The fiercely competitive software giant is positioning its wares for cloud computing with software and services.
And as if meeting those requirements were not difficult enough already, the machines must also be reasonably compact and not too heavy.However, we'll have to wait for more substantive builds to flesh out key scenarios.Microsoft's new 'Slack competitor' has improved dramatically since the preview, and new features are arriving regularly.The Getac B300 is one of those, one of the very few, and it's now in its sixth generation.The B300 was introduced almost a decade ago to fill the need for a compact, fully rugged notebook computer with long battery life and a display bright enough to be read in full sunlight. For this latest generation, Getac significantly beefed up security by combining several layers of hardware and software protection technology to guard against breaches and unauthorized access to sensitive information.Where it shines is threaded chat, easy video meetings and superb integration with other Office 365 tools.At just 8, the Alcatel Idol 4S is a solid piece of hardware and does well at running Windows 10.In terms of dimensions, weight and display size, rugged notebooks in this class are — measured by tablet and flimsy Chromebook standards — behemoths indeed. The B300's beefy battery alone weighs more than an i Pad Air2.Displays measure 13.3-inches diagonal, in the old 4:3 aspect ratio that makes the screens look tall and squarish by modern standards.There are some minor performance issues with Bluetooth and the fingerprint scanner, but if you like the Live Tile interface then it's one of the best available to hold you over until a possible Microsoft Surface phone.Share on: There are times when nothing but a full size, full function, tough and rugged notebook computer will do, and preferably one that isn't being restyled and redesigned every other year, because that needlessly obsoletes customer investment and equipment.