Gammatech Durabook D14RM
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Gammatech Durabook D14RM
Source: Computer Shopper Archive.org version
Whether you work outdoors or simply require a notebook that can stand up to the harsh realities of road travel, the Durabook D14RM from GammaTech Computer can take, within reason, whatever you dish out. Base models of this laptop start at $1,299, and our review unit goes for $1,949, so it's clear that this ruggedized 14-incher costs a bit more than your typical business notebook. Though not the most stylish laptop, the D14RM is one of the toughest. It costs a premium, but it can take a beating, and it offers generous security features and solid performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 78%
Source: Geek.com Archive.org version
I didn’t come away from my time with the D14RM overly impressed with the computer. It’s great to see a semi-rugged computer with a sub-$2000 price tag, but to get to that point concessions had to be made. The computer looks like it will be very good at taking some types of punishment, but will fall short with others. It also doesn’t pack discrete graphics nor does it have a very good battery life, both of which would help minimizue other shortcomings. Unfortunately the D14RM doesn’t shine in any area, making the case that maybe you just need to spend more if you want a rugged system. If you need something semi-rugged this could do the job, but probably only when it comes to blunt trauma–it does not seem to be prepared for the more demanding aspects of rugged computing.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/25/2009
Rating: performance: 40% mobility: 40%
Source: Maximum PC Archive.org version
In terms of amenities, the D14RM offers a good selection of ports, including HDMI—all of which are protected with attached rubber caps to prevent dirt and dust from mucking with the works. But it’s strange that GammaTech makes these allowances for outdoor use yet outfits the D14RM with a glossy 1280x800 screen. Such a highly reflective surface is totally unsuitable for use in bright natural light.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip with shared memory on Mobile Intel 915GM chipset. It is the predecessor of Graphics Media Accelerator 950. The performance can be compared with the Mobile Radeon 9000 (with a 64 bit memory bus).
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
Intel Celeron M: It is a Pentium M with halved level 2 Cache and limited on FSB 400. The characteristic of this processor is the speed, which is hardly slower than an equivalent Pentium M. However it can change the speed not dynamically like the Pentium M and therefore needs without load more current.
It is also available as Low Voltage Version with very small current consumption.
743: Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) processor for small and light subnotebooks. Does not support Speedstep (more power consumption in idle mode), 64 Bit, and Virtualization (VT-x).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
14 inch display size represents a middle ground between the small subnotebook formats and the screens of the standard 15 inch laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, provides good resolutions with usable detail sizes, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact.
In the past, 14-inch devices were very rare, but now they are the standard for laptops after the 15-inchers.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Gammatech: Gammatech Computer Corp. is a US-manufacturer since 1987. The market share in the laptop market is very low.
79%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.
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