We use regular business-class Dell Latitude series laptop in our yacht. in most cases it’s OK, but sometimes we have to protect it from seawater:
There have always been rugged computers available, like Panasonic Toughbook 30. But they have been quite pricey and proprietary hardware. Until now. Dell launched rugged Latitude XFR model last month, based on industry standard Dell Latitude E-series platform. So, all drivers and software is exactly the same as usual Dell Latitude E-series business notebook. This makes it cheaper and compatible piece of hardware. And it has twice of the performance of Panasonic CF30.
Dell Latitude XFR is IP65 sealed against water and dust. It can drop from 4 feet’s, no problem. XFR uses 64GB solid state drive, battery-friendly and shock-proof. 14″ LCD screen is sunlight-readable, one of the most required features on yacht. Price starts from U$ 4300.
Who doesn’t need such protection, may consider more affordable Dell Latitude ATG version. It’s not IP65 liquid protected, but still complies MIL-STD 810F standard of dust, humidity and vibration. Prices from U$ 1800.