Replace your rugged notebook with a rugged tablet

When your mobile workforce needs computing solutions with more mobility, flexibility and protection from harsh conditions, it may be time to choose a rugged tablet over rugged notebook technologies.

While a rugged laptop computer may provide some advantages in performance and may make data entry easier with a full keyboard, a rugged tablet offers many more benefits. Compared to a rugged notebook, a rugged tablet is lighter and easier to carry. As handheld devices with capacitive touch screens, tablets provide more options for entering data on the go. And a rugged tablet is easier to protect from a wide range of environmental jobsite threats than a rugged notebook.

As you consider whether a rugged notebook or rugged tablet PC is more advantageous for your remote workers, the design experts at Comark can help you to choose a solution that best meets your needs. Comark is a leading provider of rugged computer and display solutions for companies around the world, and our 40 years' experience and proven reliability enable us to deliver solutions for mission-critical automation and control applications in a wide variety of industries.

Benefits of a rugged tablet over a rugged notebook

When comparing a rugged notebook with a rugged tablet, the first thing you'll notice is how light the tablet is. A rugged notebook may weigh as much as four times more than a rugged tablet, making it much harder for workers to carry it with them through the day or through challenging jobsites. It's easier to input data into rugged tablets, too – multitouch screens enable workers to use touch, a stylus or an on-screen keyboard to input data, and workers wearing gloves can interact far more easily with a rugged tablet than a rugged notebook. A rugged notebook will tend to be limited in its mounting capabilities, while a rugged tablet can easily be mounted on vehicles, machines and a variety of other unusual surfaces. And because tablets have a smaller form factor with fewer inputs and moving pieces, they tend to be easier to protect and have higher IP ratings than a rugged notebook.

A rugged notebook does offer faster performance and more CPU power, and its attached keyboard may be preferential for jobs that require intensive data entry. But with a lower total cost of ownership and more integrated data capture technologies, rugged tablets are increasingly in demand as replacements for a traditional rugged notebook.

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Comark: rugged tablets for your mobile workforce

Comark engineers highly reliable, ruggedized computer and display solutions for use in industrial, building automation and military applications. With proven reliability and a wide range of international certifications, our solutions are designed to deliver proven performance in situations where other machines fail. Our focus on design excellence and quality manufacturing enables us to offer a minimum 5-year products lifecycle, and our flexibility enables us to provide custom engineered solutions that meet application needs, even for low- to mid-volume orders.

For ruggedized tablets, we offer two options, the COMARK-8 with an 8" screen and the COMARK-10 with a 9.7" screen. Both products are powered by Intel® 1.86GHz quad core processors and offer a choice of operating systems that include Windows® 7 32/64bit, Windows® 10 64bit, Android 6/8 or Linux Ubuntu 14.04/16.04. With a sleek ergonomic design that blurs the industrial-consumer divide, Comark rugged tablets deliver the flexibility, reliability and performance that your mobile workforce requires.

Key features of Comark's ruggedized tablets

When choosing Comark rugged tablets over a rugged notebook option, your mobile workers will benefit from a full feature set that includes:

  • A PCAP touchscreen with a polarized, anti-glare, anti-fingerprint screen surface that is viewable indoors or outdoors and in direct sunlight
  • A cover lens tested to take a 1/4 lb. ball bearing drop at 5.75 ft. directly to the screen
  • Removable battery pack: 3950mAh lithium ion battery (*6hrs of usage @ level 7 brightness)
  • Integrated bridge battery for hot swapping of main battery (1min)
  • 8MP CMOS Camera with Flash
  • 1D/2D standard and long-range barcode scanners
  • Multiple radio communication, including an Intel a/b/g/n (a/c) module, cellular independence supporting AT&T and T-Mobile, Bluetooth 4.0 and standalone GPS
  • Support for Payment Module Solutions: EMV L1/L2 certified, pin-pad, MSR, NFC L1/L2 certified, 1D/2D imager


Comark's products can serve as a military rugged tablet, and Comark also provides ruggedized PDAs and vehicle mounted rugged laptop options for a full suite of mobility products.

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A rugged tablet for punishing environments

Designed to provide superior reliability in the harshest conditions, Comark ruggedized tablets provide protection from:

  • Water/dust: IP54 protection against water spray from all directions with limited ingress, and from dust, with limited ingress
  • Temperature. Tested for operating temperatures from +14°F to +122°F (-10°C to +50°C), and storage temperatures from -4°F to +149°F (-20°C to +65°C)
  • Shock: Operating: 30G (11ms), non-operating: 40G (11ms), crash: 50G (11ms)
  • Impact. Impact-resistant housing can withstand multiple 4-foot drops to concrete
  • Vibration: tested for 5~500Hz 1G PTP
  • EMI/EMC: FCC class B, CE

FAQs: what is a rugged notebook?

A rugged notebook, tablet or rugged PDA is a mobile computing device that is built with components that can stand up to harsh conditions such as extreme temperatures, shock and vibration as well as water, dust, dirt and sand.

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A rugged notebook or tablet provides mobile workers and workers in challenging conditions with computing power at their fingertips. Workers can take a rugged notebook into harsh environments without worrying about damaging their electronics, and they can use their rugged mobile device to stay connected and be more productive on the job.

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Comark: rugged products you can trust

At Comark, we believe that reliability is everything. That's why our rugged notebook and rugged mobile products are tested in the harshest of environments in our own laboratory. We also believe in a long-term approach to designing solutions, always seeking to find a better way to achieve objectives without sacrificing quality or engineering processes. We believe in partnerships not transactions, and we're invested not only in the success of our technology but in how it enables the success of our customers. And we believe time is important, which is why we work around the clock to provide best-in-class lead times.

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