Using almost any mainstream notebook or tablet display in direct sunlight can be frustrating and downright impossible. Acknowledging this, Duros has revamped their 8404 rugged tablet with an 8.4” daylight-readable LED SVGA touchscreen panel. The display boasts a brightness of 1,100 NIT and a 120-degree viewing angle.


In addition to the display overhaul, the 8404 now houses an Intel Atom CPU and a hot-swappable battery inside an IP65-rated solid-aluminum chassis. It can be equipped with Ethernet, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth and features up to 1GB of DDR RAM and 120GB of storage, Intel graphics, one USB 2.0 port and a vehicle dock. There is a boatload of accessories available, and you have a choice between several versions of Windows as well as Linux.

The Duros 8404 ships with a one-year warranty with an optional upgrade to two or three years. I see no word of a price on their site – but you know as well as I do that they’ll take you to the bank and back again.