Best rugged Windows laptops to buy

Edgar Nicov
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Algiz XRW

The Algiz XRW is the smallest and the most compact rugged laptop on this list. But don’t let that trick you into thinking it is less durable than the others. Even though it’s kind of limited hardware-wise, the XRW can survive through hell.

And that distinct this laptop from other semi-rugged devices. The Algiz XRW is fully MIL-STD-810G certified and it’s IP65-rated. That means it’s resistant to vibration, humidity, water jets, extremely high and low temperatures and fully dust-proof. Light but sturdy casing will prevent fall damage from up to 4-feet drops. Military Standard certificate also grants you partial resistance from electromagnetic interferes. Due to its lightweight(1.6 kg), you can use it in tight quarters in a much adequate manner than some other rugged laptops. Additionally, the small screen can vastly improve battery life.

These are the specs for the Algiz XRW:

  • Windows 7
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Atom processor
  • 4GB DDR2
  • 128GB SSD
  • Intel GPU
  • 10.1” touchscreen 1366×768 resolution LED high brightness, MaxView™ Technology
  • Battery, 5200 mAh (57.72 Wh)
  • Web Camera 2 MP

As you see, the Algiz XRW doesn’t pack spectacular hardware. Its compact nature isn’t allowing for more powerful hardware. Because of that, it is not up to the competition in the performance department. So, in case you are using your rugged laptop for resource-hogging processes, this laptop is most of the time not up to the task. However, if you prefer light size over performance, the Algiz XRW may just be the thing for you.

Dell Latitude 14 Rugged

Comparing to the previous manufacturers from the list, Dell is well-known in the standard consumers’ world. They offer reliable and affordable laptops for all lines of work. And the Latitude 14 rugged laptop is one of their favorite products.

The Latitude 14 is just as durable as other premium devices. It has the IP52 rating and MIL-STD-810G. Which means this device is dust-proof, resistant to water dripping, vibration, shock, humidity, altitude and extreme temperatures. Moreover, the casing will protect the Latitude 14 from drops up to 1 m. Once you close the lid, the laptop is nearly indestructible and will protect your valuable data. With all the ports and capabilities you’ll have a hard time to distinct this device from modern business laptops.

These are the specs for Latitude 14 Rugged:

  • Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit)
  • i7 dual-core processor
  • 512GB mobility SSD
  • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M (DDR3 2GB) discrete graphics with Optimus
  • 14.0” HD (1366 x 768) 16:9 outdoor-readable display with resistive touchscreen
  • 9-cell (97 Whr) lithium-ion batterie

This is probably close to the ultimate configuration offered by Dell. You can select from an abundance of optional upgrades or downgrades. That way you can reduce the price a lot, and customize the Latitude 14 for your needs.


This was our list of the top 5 rugged laptops you can purchase right now. There are a lot of standard laptops with better hardware and largely advanced features for less cash. But, we have to ask ourselves can they withstand to be run over by a truck, splashed with water and rolled in the sand? Well, for the common good we shouldn’t even try. For special niche of industrial workers, explorers, adventurists and military task forces, these laptops are gems.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2017 and has been revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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