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Webworkers have a tough job of lugging around gear, especially laptops, to café’s and comfortable working places all over the world. Do we deserve a semi-rugged laptop? The most prized possession of webworkers seems to be their laptop. Its basically never leaves our side. It gets […]

Webworkers have a tough job of lugging around gear, especially laptops, to café’s and comfortable working places all over the world. Do we deserve a semi-rugged laptop? The most prized possession of webworkers seems to be their laptop. Its basically never leaves our side. It gets banged around, thrown down on tables, used to sop up coffee and crumbs, and never gets a break. It gets scratched and scolded, worn down and used. So maybe we deserve a stronger, more durable solution. One that meets strict military standards.

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I caught an article by Antone Gonsalves about this new Dell ATG that launched. It’s a military grade laptop that is built for durability and reliability. Dell advertises that it has been deigned for demanding work environments where dust (sandy beaches, cookie crumbs) and moisture (coffee, lattes) are daily encounters. Doesn’t that sound like a webworkers environment too you? It even has a shock mounted hard drive and LCD screen for those times when your bag accidentally falls off of a café table.

The paint on it even has an extra layer for protection against scratches and daily wear and tear. Webworkers are constantly banging away at laptop keyboards, and opening and closing screens, how perfect is that? What do you think? Has Dell just unknowingly invented the perfect laptop for webworkers?

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  1. I hate to be the guy that says it, but most web workers I know run OS X. This thing doesn’t.

  2. And it weighs how much?

  3. And I agree w/ Justin on the OS X front.

  4. Yes, but does it explode ??

  5. Can we take Dell’s on airplanes now? I know an Asian airline banned Dell and Sony laptops for a while.

  6. It’s a Dell running some version of Windows….Hell No! LOL

  7. I’ve heard from many a web worker that runs windows happily.

  8. One more “Such a pity I cannot install OS X on it”…
    But this is directed at Apple, not Dell.

  9. I’ve carried laptops with me everywhere for probably 10 years now. At least back to the days of the PowerBook 180. Yes, I’ve been lucky a few times, but only broken one through a drop. And that was because I forgot to zip the knapsack it was stored in. I fixed that by going back to a regular laptop case.

    My point. I’m not convinced that a military grade laptop is going to do the trick. The reality is that these laptops are a bit delicate and only through a little care will they work as we need them. That care includes being watchful as I carry mine, being a bit neat when eating or drinking near my laptop.

    Yeah accidents happen. But being careful will also help.

  10. Dell and “perfect laptop” in the same sentence?

    Joking aside, I imagine that the added protection probably leads to a trade-off in weight. I’d settle for a light weight laptop with a good insurance policy/a little extra care over something heavy/armor plated any day. Panasonic has had a line of “Toughbooks” for a while now. I know a lot of guys “in the field” that use them, but I wouldn’t for everyday business applications.

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