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Durabook launches fully-rugged U11 tablet for professional users

Durabook launches fully-rugged U11 tablet for professional use (Source: Durabook)
Durabook launches fully-rugged U11 tablet for professional use (Source: Durabook)
The fan-less 11.6-inch Windows tablet is guaranteed to survive through shock, vibration, rain, dust, sand, temperatures as high as 140 F (60 C), and a drop of up to 6 feet without a sweat. The rugged and fully closed system competes directly with the Dell Latitude Rugged series also designed for extreme conditions.

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Surface tablets and iPads may be perfect for the typical home or office, but field workers and industrial environments will likely demand something a little sturdier to resist the elements. Durabook caters directly to these types of workers who can benefit from rugged PCs and the U11 is the company's latest rugged tablet inspired by the latest hardware features of many consumer-centric offerings.

Core specifications for the 11.6-inch Windows tablet can be found on the official spec sheet linked below. Some of its more interesting or exotic features include a "stealth/night vision mode" to allow operation at night without blinding the user or giving away his or her location and a FHD 1080p display that promises full readability when under direct sunlight. The similar Dell Latitude 14 Rugged tablet, for example, can be as bright as 1100 nits or over 3x brighter than most modern Ultrabooks.

A slightly disappointing aspect of the U11 is its reliance on passively-cooled 7th generation Core CPUs like the m3-7Y30, i5-7Y54, or i7-7Y75 depending on the configuration. These last generation CPUs are slow in both processing power and graphics performance, but reliability and consistency are likely front and center over raw horsepower since there are still no passively-cooled Coffee Lake CPUs available as of this writing.

The Durabook U11 is now shipping with price quotes provided upon request from the manufacturer.

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Allen Ngo, 2018-03-17 (Update: 2018-03-19)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.