Thinkpads meet military specs, call them 'semi-rugged'

By on February 24, 2009, 2:46 PM
Although Thinkpads have had the reputation of being solidly built for over a decade, Lenovo went a bit further putting several of its popular Thinkpad models to tough tests in order to meet the criteria and officially call them 'semi-rugged' laptops.

Whether this was done to try to steal some of Panasonic Toughbook's thunder, or simply as a marketing stunt to bring more attention to the whole Thinkpad line, some of the endured tests are sure not going to be met by many of its mere-mortal competitors.


The ThinkPad X200, X301, X200s, X200 Tablet, T400, T500, R400 and SL300 all passed tests that included operation at temperatures fluctuating between minus 4 and 140 degrees, vibration under load and without, operation at 15,000 feet, a humidity test and a blowing dust test. With this Lenovo hopes to prove their Thinkpads are great candidates for use in field and other tough environments like public safety, construction and the military. The T400 model will also get an optional 680-nit high brightness panel for optimal outdoors operation.




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yukka said:
They didnt do the most important test - you can pour beer and cola into the keyboard and it will drain and still type!!My T42 is awesome tough, shame i forgot the power-on password..
captain828 said:
Did they try firing bullets at it? I somehow doubt it...
tengeta said:
Why didn't they just drop it constantly from higher ground until it broke? That would really prove the toughness.
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