Laptops are becoming as common as hammers and screwdrivers on the job site – for ordering materials, keeping in touch with home base, and a million other things. But dust, rain, and shock – all part of a day’s work – can bring a laptop to a screeching halt. With this in mind, Getac designed the A790, a hardcore computer for hardcore environments.
Getac designed this rugged beast to military specs, with a rubberized keyboard to keep sand and rain out, and a tough magnesium frame enclosing an extensively shock mounted motherboard, LCD screen, and hard drive. Its Intel Core Duo Processor running at 1.66 gigahertz, though it might not get you much respect with the gamers, will get the job done.
Cool features include an integrated GPS antenna plug (with an included antenna) and more expansion bays for extra batteries and media readers than you can shake a stick at. The A790’s PCI expansion unit, perhaps its most interesting feature, allows a whole series of legacy hardware to be controlled via the add-on slots.
Now for the shocker: This model sells for about $6000, so it’s not for the casual browsing session at Starbucks.